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Selectivity and Focus

You’ve heard USAID talk about selectivity and focus in theory, but what do these principles mean in practice? In response to the global trends that are reshaping the development landscape and in line with the QDDR and PPD, USAID will apply seven operational principles across the Agency to help us focus on achieving and measuring […]

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A $5,000 Prize for the Best Plan to Spread Awareness About the Horn of Africa Crisis

As featured on Good The largest humanitarian crisis in the world today is happening in the Horn of Africa, where more than 13 million people are suffering from a deadly famine caused by decades of conflict, instability and the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years. The devastation has spread across four countries, […]

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From Seed to Harvest: Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders to Reduce Global Hunger

This week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is attending the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in San Francisco. USAID shares a long history of close partnership with U.S. universities, including collaboration on agricultural capacity development activities in the developing world. See below how some of this work is reaching women […]

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Diaspora Entrepreneurs – Change Makers Back Home

When we think about the economic potential of the estimated 215 million international migrants residing in countries other than their country of origin, we tend to fixate on the roughly 350 billion in money transfers sent annually to support family back home — perhaps with good reason. Remittances are a critical financial link between migrants […]

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From the Field

In Nepal,  USAID launched a Global Climate Change Program.  The new program, Hariyo Ban, is a five-year program and cornerstone of President Obama’s Global Climate Change Initiative.  Climate change is emerging as a major threat to the people and biodiversity of Nepal. Hariyo Ban, which means “green forests” in Nepali, will help to build resilience […]

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International Education Week: USAID and Peace Corps Expand Reach in Global Education

To mark both agencies’ 50th anniversaries, USAID and the Peace Corps signed the Global Education Framework (GEF) agreement to encourage and enhance collaboration in global education activities. GEF gives both agencies a flexible way to implement joint education initiatives at the local, national, regional, and global levels in basic education, higher education, youth development, and […]

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USAID Epidemiologist Q & A on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

This post was originally featured on the International Conference on Family Planning blog. In October, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a study by Renee Heffron and colleagues suggesting that HIV-negative women using hormonal contraception (HC) might be at increased risk for HIV infection. The study also suggested that HIV-positive women using HC might be at increased […]

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In Turkmenistan, USAID Brings New Opportunities to Farmers and Students

In my 24 years with USAID, I have served around the world but somehow had never made it to the former Soviet Union – until last month.  So it was with great excitement that I anticipated my first visit to Central Asia, eager to learn more about the region and our programs there. The most […]

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USAID’s Frontlines – October/November 2011

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines to learn more about the Agency’s 50th anniversary as well as its work in food security. Some highlights: Decades-old projects in former Soviet bloc countries show how USAID investments can nudge countries on the path to political, social and economic reward Before-and-after satellite imagery proves 40 years […]

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For the Hungry, Raising Awareness = Action. We are the Relief.

The sun was beaming down on us. Some were clearly starting to feel tired, hungry, and thirsty. “Are we there yet?” joked a young man a few feet ahead of me. “Apple cider?” asked a man standing behind a table set up along the road just for us. “We have cookies, too. Take what you’d […]

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