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Hard Won Progress in Afghanistan

Alex Thier reflects on progress in Afghanistan. Read more >>

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Youth Shine at 5th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University

This past weekend I joined over 1,000 college students from 80 countries, and over 75 youth organizations, at the 5th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) held this year at George Washington University. For many, the highlight might have been Usher summing up his sentiment about why his foundation focuses on youth empowerment by singing […]

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Pounds of Prevention: Focus on Locusts

Imagine discovering that within a few hours your entire crop for the season had been consumed by unwelcome visitors. In this edition of “Pounds of Prevention,” USAID examines the desert locust, a pest that affects the lives of millions of people in more than 65 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia, an […]

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An Excellent ‘Xpert’ Diagnostic Test for Tuberculosis Infection

There is some really exciting news in the world of TB diagnostics.  If you haven’t heard already, there is a new molecular diagnostic test developed by Cepheid that has the potential to transform how TB is detected.  The GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay can detect TB and mutations associated with rifampicin resistance in less than two hours […]

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Fighting for Justice in Colombia – One Courageous Woman’s Story

As a 26-year-old junior reporter with the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, Jineth Bedoya Lima sought out tough assignments, despite knowing the risks it could entail.  Through painstaking investigative journalism, she began to uncover an arms smuggling network between government security forces and imprisoned paramilitaries in the maximum security La Modelo prison in Bogotá. On May 25, […]

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Pounds of Prevention: Focus on Mozambique

In this next edition of “Pounds of Prevention,” we travel to the country of Mozambique. Over the past decade, Mozambique has set up a cyclone early warning system that combines technology with community organization and mobilization. Every year when the cyclone season arrives, and flooding threatens the countryside, the people in Mozambique are better prepared […]

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USAID In the News

Weekly Briefing (3/12/2012 – 3/16/2012) March 14: A recent study highlighted in Federal Computer Week magazine showed that USAID was one of three federal agencies currently in full compliance with the White House transparency recommendations issued in March 2011. Under the Administration’s Open Government Directive released in December 2009, agencies developed open government plans in April 2010. Many […]

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USAID’s FrontLines – April/May 2012

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines, to learn more about the Agency’s work with partnerships and in the countries that make up the Latin America and Caribbean region. Some highlights: Forget the bling: Among diamond miners in Central African Republic, a girl’s (and a boy’s) best friend is a properly filed land rights agreement. Soap. […]

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Administrator Shah Meets with President of Ghana

Administrator Shah met with the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills to highlight USAID strong commitment to Ghana’s Partnership for Growth (PfG) and agricultural development through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative. Feed the Future, is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. USAID and the Ghanaian government are working together to generate […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (3/5/2012 – 3/10/2012) March 4: Over the weekend, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.) highlighted USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah’s trip to General Mills’ Minnesota headquarters. Shah was in town to present the company with a Global Citizenship award, recognizing several hundred employees who volunteered their time and expertise to educate farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries […]

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