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Caryl Stern: Join us to help every child achieve a fifth birthday

This originally appeared on UNICEF’s Field Notes. A child’s fifth birthday is a joyful moment for most parents, a milestone marking the passage out of early childhood into the world of pre-K and grade school and upward and onward. It signifies the end of a wonderful period, though sometimes a tough one. After the candles […]

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Video of the Week: Planting the Seed for Economic Growth

Ever wonder how Gladioli bulbs can help an estimated 1,000 families start earning their living and jumpstart a fledgling flower industry in Pakistan? USAID, through the Small Grants Program and the US Ambassador’s Fund, seeks to empower grassroots organizations and community groups working to strengthen civil society in Pakistan. The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund provides small grants […]

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Picture of the Week: Deputy Administrator Steinberg Visits Asia

As part of a three country trip to Asia, USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg attended the Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, participating in the Development Partners Session.  In the Philippines, he visited several USAID programs, including the launch of the Partnership for Growth Cities Development Initiative, the issuance of land titles to several Batangas residents, and the signing […]

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A Mother’s Fight

The following is a guest blog post from Florence-Ngobeni Allen. She is an HIV/AIDS educator and counselor, and a long-time Ambassador for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fighting a mother’s fight against HIV has been a very significant part of my life. I have worked as an HIV educator […]

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Celebrating Media’s Impact on Development on World Press Freedom Day

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day – a day established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to celebrate the principles of press freedom and bring attention to the threats to media independence around the world.  USAID celebrates World Press Freedom Day and welcomes the opportunity to salute the professionalism and bravery of media […]

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Celebrating Success in Saving the Lives of Mothers

Ordinary women make extraordinary contributions as caregivers and caretakers, as breadwinners and bread-makers to families and societies.  And even so, we know that women will not be able to thrive, unless they survive.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Government celebrated remarkable country-level success in saving the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth. Health ministers from […]

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Celebrating Girls in Information and Communication Technology Day

As Featured on State Department’s Dipnote Blog Ann Mei Chang serves as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. With the global shortage of skilled professionals in Information and Communication Technology, or ICT, why are so few girls pursuing careers in this lucrative and fast-growing field? This […]

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Ask the Expert: Eric Postel, on Economic Growth, Education, and Environment

For Earth Day, the Impact Blog interviewed Eric Postel, Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). You are head of the E3 bureau, which works in the environment, energy, water and climate change sectors, among others.  In the context of Earth Day, why is this work so important? When I […]

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USAID Acts for Global Youth Service Day

Imagine how much progress we could make in the world if the over 1 billion young people aged 15-24 got engaged in leading positive improvements in their country. From April 20-22, millions of youth and children, their families, schools, and communities around the globe came together to celebrate youth volunteerism and to take action as […]

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Responding to Acute Malnutrition in the Sahel

I recently returned from Niger and Mauritania, in Africa’s Sahel region, assessing nutrition-focused humanitarian assistance.  This was not my first trip to the region, as I was also there with USAID in 2010 when a failed harvest and poor pasture conditions led to food insecurity conditions nationwide and a significant rise in acute malnutrition among […]

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