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Picture of the Week

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From the Field

In Benin, we will hold the closing ceremony of the first annual Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaign in northern Benin (Atacora) funded under President’s Malaria Initiative. IRS applies insecticide and protects against mosquitoes that transmit malaria in the houses of rural communities that are most exposed to the disease. In Ghana, we will launch the […]

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Making the Grade: U.S. Government Progress in Global Agricultural Development

Originally posted on DipNote, the official blog of the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin serves as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. I am inspired by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ gathering of America’s most committed leaders from several professions to focus on global agriculture and food […]

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Rosie the Riveter Would be Proud

USAID Helping Young Palestinian Women Make Inroads into Male Dominated Fields Submitted by David Kahrman, USAID Mission to the West Bank and Gaza Like other students in the West Bank, Heba (23) and Nagham (17) saw the courses supported by USAID’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Program as excellent opportunities to prepare for careers […]

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Television Show Energizes Malagasy Youth

By: Natasha Burley, Development Outreach and Communications Specialist for USAID/Madagascar During the month of May, the United States Government, led by the State Department, will host youth engagement programs throughout Africa to showcase the efforts of young African leaders, to engage with them in discussions about current challenges on the continent, and to help them […]

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How Free is Your Media? A USAID-Funded Tool Provides Insight

On May 3, the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day. Reflecting on the day’s events, a few important questions arise about what role the media plays in a community and in a democracy. First, how does freedom of the press compare to freedom of speech? Not only do journalists need freedom to speak and write […]

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USAID and Conflict: Hard Lessons from the Field

On May 17th, the Center for American Progress and the American Enterprise Institute jointly hosted a discussion on USAID’s role in countries emerging from conflict, the Agency’s efforts to prevent new conflicts and crises, and the challenges of both. Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg opened the discussion with remarks on USAID’s role over the past 40 […]

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New USAID Report Highlights Achievements in Egypt’s Health Sector

Yesterday I joined former USAID Administrator Peter McPherson, Egypt Embassy Counselor Motaz Zahran, and more than 100 members of the Egyptian diaspora and global health communities to launch USAID/Egypt’s Health and Population Legacy Review (pdf, 1.5mb). The report demonstrates impressive long-term results of USAID health sector assistance in Egypt over 32 years.  For example, over […]

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From the Field

In Senegal, at Bembey University we will launch a higher education agreement with Fairfield University.  This new partnership between the United States and Senegal seeks to introduce a service learning model to support health education for middle school students and teacher training in educational technology. In Egypt, as part of the Improving the Performance of […]

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