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Securing Health for the Sake of Security

Colonel Mbaye Khary Dieng of the Senegalese Armed Forces made one point very clear: “This is a global security issue.” One thing you can count on in Senegal is rolling power outages. In fact, that’s how our meeting with the Colonel began. What we learned about the Senegalese Armed Forces’ approach to national security, however, […]

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A Look Back at our 25th Anniversary: Foreign Aid Helps Developing World

Featured in the 1986 December edition of Frontlines “No other program rivals AID’s global accomplishments.  Twenty-five years have given us confidence in people in less developed countries and in our ability to help them solve their problems and live better lives,” Administrator Peter McPherson declared before a National Press Club audience in Washington, D.C., Nov. […]

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From the Field

In Nepal, to commemorate  International Youth Day, USAID organized a two-day workshop for Nepali youth on “Youth Advocacy and Action for Accountability and Responsibility – Decoding the Political Issues Obstructing the Country’s Development Progress.” During the workshop, youth representatives from different walks of Nepali society gathered to discuss issues impeding the country’s development and to […]

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Calling All Energy Innovators! USAID and Partners Issue “LAUNCH: Energy” Challenge

USAID and its partners in the LAUNCH program (NASA, the State Department, and NIKE, Inc.) have issued our LAUNCH: Energy challenge statement, formally beginning the third module of the LAUNCH program.  While previous program modules in 2010 and early 2011 focused on water and health, in this module LAUNCH is searching for entrepreneurial efforts focused […]

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From Emergency Aid to Economic Empowerment

Last week, I traveled with four of my USAID colleagues to a drought-stricken area of Ethiopia as part of a larger visit to the Horn of Africa region. The worst drought the region has seen in 60 years has put more than 12.4 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Ethiopia in need of urgent […]

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On World Humanitarian Day, 100 Ways You Can Help Victims of the East Africa Drought

Today is World Humanitarian Day.  Reaching out to those suffering from crisis and disaster is a fundamental human impulse and a deeply enshrined American value.  It is a value we share with people around the globe.  It is the silver lining of any crisis, when the best of who we are as people emerges just […]

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A Mother’s Bond: My Visit to an Ethiopian Therapeutic Feeding Camp

I have a one-year-old little girl at home, just like Aisha, the mother I photographed during my visit to the drought-impacted region of Ethiopia. Just like this Aisha, I hope that I am nourishing my daughter’s body, mind, and spirit by providing her everything within my means. Unlike Aisha, my daughter weighs nearly three times […]

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From the Field

In Liberia, we held a signing ceremony for the signing of the new Education Reform Act,  an historic moment for Liberia’s education sector. The signing of this act has a number of implications, chief among  them are that by law all basic education (up to grade 9) in Liberia will be free and compulsory, as […]

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Mobilizing Resources to Assist East African Drought

On August 11, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the International Food Policy Research Institute on the drought crisis in East Africa, the U.S. response, and the efforts underway to raise funding for relief efforts. [Full transcript and video of her remarks.] She announced that the United States would provide an additional $17 […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (8/8/2011 – 8/12/2011) August 9: The Associated Press reported that on Monday, Dr. Jill Biden and USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visited Somalis at a refugee camp in Kenya. During the visit, Administrator Shah stated the world has a unique opportunity to save tens of thousands of children’s lives by expanding humanitarian activities […]

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