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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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FWD: USAID’s First-Ever Public Awareness Campaign

Jon Carson is the Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. Originally posted on the White House blog. Right now 13.3 million people are in crisis because of Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa. It is the worst drought in 60 years and the worst famine in 20 […]

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Partnering on the Ground: USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation

Julia Gitis is a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade. She recently visited Senegal, Ghana, and Mozambique with a focus on donor coordination in the field. USAID celebrated its 50th birthday last week, thereby also celebrating half a century of successful partnerships in global development. One of the more […]

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From the Field

In Iraq, we will be participating for the first time in the Baghdad International Trade Fair.  Seventeen countries total will be in participation.   We are planning a powerful social media campaign to engage with visitors about opportunities to partner with U.S. companies and USAID.  We are anticipating half a million visitors to the fair. In […]

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Celebrating the 11th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security

This week marks the 11th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. Passed unanimously on October 31, 1999, this seminal resolution was the first of five focused on the need for and the value of increased women’s participation and protection in efforts to prevent, resolve, and rebuild following conflict. The […]

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USAID in the News: Weekly Briefing (10/31/2011 – 11/04/2011)

October 31: Over the weekend, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) posted audio from a town hall held to recognize USAID’s 50th anniversary. Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah was joined on stage with former USAID Administrators, who shared their unique view and experience leading America’s development agency. November 2: In an op-ed published in […]

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In Rome, Land Governance Negotiations Move Forward

The U.S. is chairing the UN FAO Committee for Food Security’s intergovernmental negotiations on Voluntary Guidelines for the Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VG).  To date, these negotiations  have included over 70 countries, the private sector, multilateral institutions and some 50 civil society organizations (CSO).   By the end of October 2011 approximately 70% of […]

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A Partnership for Progress in Ghana

Note: USAID and Peace Corps are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year, as well as their ongoing collaboration.  Both agencies have been active in Ghana since 1961. Currently, USAID is supporting volunteers’ innovative work in nutrition and food security as part of the Feed the Future Initiative. In the very north of the Volta […]

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