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The Health Professional Crisis: A Personal Perspective

Phetogo Phoi, Lab Logistics Advisor, Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Botswana, like many countries, struggles with a limited amount of health workers, especially personnel qualified in the area of lab management.  In Botswana, this challenge is compounded by a limited number of graduate and undergraduate health programs. Professional courses, especially in the health area, are […]

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Blogging for Political and Social Change

Laura Rodriguez manages the USAID Impact Blog and Luke Forgerson is the Managing Editor of DipNote, the U.S. Department of State official blog. As Secretary Clinton returns from Africa, here in Washington D.C. the State Department has been hosting some of the world’s best known and most influential bloggers, including several headliners from Africa. The […]

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Planting the Seeds To Feed the Future

Cindy Huang serves as Senior Advisor to the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative in the U.S. Department of State. This post originally appeared on DipNote, the U.S. Department of State official blog.  Sunday was a big day for the Administration’s flagship global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Secretary Clinton […]

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Nutrition and Food Security: What Matters Most

Every day, two billion people in the world do not consume enough nutrients to live healthy, productive lives. As the head of the Bureau for Food Security at USAID, the magnitude of this number – two billion – is why I am so serious about my work. As a father, another number resonates with me: […]

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Three Questions with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

What do you think is the greatest challenge in combating violence against women in the developing world? In my view the greatest challenge in fighting violence against women is the fact that women are not valued in either economic or social terms.  Their rights ‘matter’ less than men’s and they are permitted little claim to […]

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Investing in Women to Defeat Hunger in Malawi

Submitted by guest blogger Anita McCabe, Country Director, Concern Worldwide, Malawi As the hot, dry breeze wafts through the lakeside district of Nkhotakota, Malawi, a group of women sing as they take turns to water their near-ripe crop of maize. Further downstream, another group is busy making seed beds in preparation for another crop. Like […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (6/6/2011–6/10/2011) June 9 AFP reported that at this year’s African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia, the U.S. is seeking to expand trade with Africa. Dr. Julie Howard, Deputy Coordinator for Development for the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, which is led by USAID, will lead the USAID delegation. During the […]

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Evaluating U.S. Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan

In the last decade, Afghanistan has made some dramatic development achievements. Read more >>

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Running for Maternal and Newborn Lives in Ethiopia

Growing up in New England, the highlight of spring was always the Boston Marathon. Whether we cheered the runners on from alongside the road or if we watched the event live on television, the experience always had a distinct allure. Bonded together with a singular purpose, beating their feet along the pavement with a steady […]

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U.S. State Department and USAID Support Journalism Training in Southern Sudan

In southern Sudan, Voice of America (VOA) journalist Shaka Ssali hosted training sessions from May 13 to 16 for journalism students and practicing journalists through the U.S. Department of State International Information Program (IIP) speaker program. More than 60 participants attended the training sessions coordinated by the U.S. Consulate in Juba and USAID. Shaka Ssali, […]

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