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Combating Human Trafficking

As part of USAID’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence we wanted to share with you some information on an issue that the Congressional Women’s Caucus has been working on diligently to end across the globe: human trafficking. According to Department of State estimates, roughly 800,000 people are trafficked across borders each year. If […]

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Climate Change in the Context of Development

I am in Durban, South Africa at the Seventeenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-17).  These annual negotiations address issues of great importance for developed and developing countries (e.g. finance, technology transfer, adaptation, mitigation, reducing deforestation, capacity building) during the two weeks.  On the […]

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Taxation and Development – The Key to the End of Aid Dependency

Last week at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, I participated in one of the more interesting events of the conference: the session on “Domestic Resource Mobilization: Taxation and Development.”  If you think that sounds like watching paint dry, you couldn’t be more wrong.  That is because it is the […]

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From the Field

Our weekly feature highlighting events at USAID Missions around the globe. In Tanzania, on World AIDS Day, Former President George W. Bush and his family visited sites in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The highlight of their site visits was observing an innovative HIV prevention intervention funded by USAID that takes place in Tanzanian beauty salons. Former President Bush […]

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Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflicts and Disasters

Sexual violence often increases in conflict and disaster situations, typically exposing women and girls to increased threats of rape and assault, exploitation, and abuse. This happens because of population displacement, the absence of police, and the disruption of the normal social networks that protect women and girls. Therefore, when USAID provides humanitarian assistance, such as […]

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Indigenous Internship Program Trains Peru’s Young Adults

Darwin Mori Barbaran was born one of 10 to a school teacher and a jewelry artisan deep in the Peruvian jungle. When he was a child, both of his parents died in tragic accidents.  He was forced to confront the grim realities of the hinterlands at a young age –the tough physical labor life there […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (11/28/2011 – 12/2/2011) November 29th: The Taipei Times and The China Post reports that USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will visit Taipei, Taiwan on December 1st and 2nd.  Shah is visiting Taiwan at the invitation of the American Institute in Taiwan, as part of his trip through Asia to celebrate the USAID-Taiwan relationship, […]

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Victim of Sex Trade Inspires Others to Adopt Healthy Behaviors

On World AIDS Day, I am reminded of a recent visit to Guatemala where I visited an old stretch of railroad called La Linea, which is now home to sex workers who rent tiny rooms for business each day. Their business is a precarious one. The solicitation of sex in exchange for payment brings inherent […]

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Open for Questions: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

As featured on The White House Blog Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and President Obama will be marking the occasion by speaking at ONE Campaign and (RED)’s Beginning of the End of AIDS event at George Washington University. You can watch the whole event live on YouTube.com/TheONECampaign. Later in the day, Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to […]

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Can you hear her now? Putting mobile phones in women’s hands

In the late 1970′s one of the major findings on Madison Avenue, (then the world capital of advertising) was that women control over 80% of all consumer purchases in the U.S. This ‘shocking discovery’ changed who and how companies marketed their products. I was just entering the workforce then and thought, ‘ how in the […]

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