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Video of the Week: Crowdsourcing at USAID: An Example for Aid Transparency & Open Data

Shadrock Roberts talks about crowdsourcing. Photo credit: USAID

Shadrock Roberts from USAID’s GeoCenter offers important lessons learned for government institutions who want to work with crowdsourced information at ICCM 2012. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: A New Kind of Development

A New Kind of Development

With JP Morgan and the Gates, Gatsby, and Rockefeller Foundations, USAID delivers much needed growth capital to boost the productivity and profitability of Africa’s undercapitalized agriculture sector. Read more >>

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Stemming the Tide of Labor Migration in Nepal

On any given day, the departure terminal in Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport fills with crowds of young Nepalese leaving the country to find better economic opportunities elsewhere. There is little wonder why: in 2008, Nepal’s unemployment rate was estimated at 46 percent. Each year, approximately 300,000 youth leave the country to become migrant laborers abroad, […]

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A Welcome Call to Action: Working with Youth in Development

As an active member of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), Plan International USA applauds USAID on the launch of the Youth in Development Policy! Along with many others in the development community, Plan has been anxiously awaiting the Policy’s launch. Plan’s work focuses on empowering children and youth in 50 developing countries, and […]

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New USAID Policy on Youth in Development

Those of us who are parents know that the sun and moon rise around our children. To those of us who are in development, we know that young people have the strength to move the sun and the moon… and sometimes more.

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Video: Connecting the Private Sector to Global Development

Last week, USAID’s Development Credit Authority and the USAID Uganda Mission released a new video that will make you rethink development. Take a look at how effective private sector partnerships can positively impact people’s lives

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We Live in a Hungry World

“No matter how dramatic the images of people receiving food aid, it’s the daily, personal reminders of what it means to be hungry, and what we are doing to address that hunger for the long-term, which affect me the most….even after more than thirty years in this business.”

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USAID Book Club: Why Nations Fail

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If you like books that focus on the big questions of development and put today’s development challenges in a broad historical context, you’ll love Why Nations Fail.

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Moving USAID Forward in Haiti

There is a myth that when USAID enters into an agreement with a U.S.-based non-governmental organization or contractor, most of the money stays in the United States. The reality is much different. A significant amount of resources is spent locally.

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From Conflict to Coping

Tisda, Mercy Corps Program Officer, in Ethiopia

Last summer, amidst the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in generations, Mercy Corps received encouraging news from local officials in the Somali-Oromiya region of Ethiopia.  In this area – long known for conflict, scarce resources and harsh conditions – communities that had participated in USAID-supported Mercy Corps peacebuilding efforts were reportedly coping better than they […]

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