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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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Home Sweet Home: How my Youth Journey around the World Brought me to our Nation’s Capital

Last November when I was appointed the first ever UN Youth Champion I had no idea what to expect. Now, the International Year of Youth is coming to a close and I’m astonished at how far it’s taken me. I traveled to 24 different countries in 6 months, spoke with thousands of youth, met with […]

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From the Field

In Uganda, we supported a youth festival to demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship.  USAID organized a national youth festival with 18 youth organizations and 26 youth clubs from local universities. More than 7,000 youth attended the event and three Members of Parliament who represent youth. The event was used to showcase entrepreneurial activities that youth […]

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A Glimpse from the Horn of Africa

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PEPFAR/USAID Kicks off Webinar Series to Strengthen the Social Welfare Workforce

On July 14, over 100 people from 18 countries logged on for our first ever Social Service Workforce Strengthening webinar! The webinar session entitled, “Lessons Learned from the Global Healthcare Workforce,” kicked off the first in a series of webinars intended to encourage the sharing of information, expertise and promising practices for addressing the needs […]

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