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Educating 1+ Billion Girls Will Make the Difference for Women’s Equality

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day and it’s as good a time as any to remind ourselves of the remarkable accomplishments toward achieving gender equality—and of the challenges that remain to ensuring that the 3.4 billion girls and women on our planet have the same chances as boys and men to lead healthy and […]

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USAID’s Frontlines – February/March 2011

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines for these stories: A trio of back-to-back disasters in 2010 challenges the resilience of Haiti’s people Dial it up: Mobile money services are coming to Haiti with high aims to help consumers spend and bank better Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg says there’s a special role for […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (2/28/2011–3/4/2011) March 1 The New York Times reports that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that USAID will be dispatching two teams to Libya’s borders in Egypt and Tunisia to assess the need for emergency assistance. Clinton also said the agency has set aside $10 million for humanitarian assistance and begun an […]

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Life Savers in Africa

Submitted by Ari Alexander, Director for the Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and the Senior Advisor of NGO Partnerships and Global Engagement at USAID. Thunderstorms took out the electricity. The conference proceeded without lights, microphones or air conditioning in 100 degree heat. Most of us would find ourselves understandably distracted and uncomfortable under such […]

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Helping the First Elections to Succeed

Today I work at USAID/Indonesia as a development specialist in the Office of Democratic Governance. But during the popular uprising that led to the downfall of Suharto and the return of democratic government to Indonesia I was a student activist. After the popular, student led uprising in Indonesia – similar to what recently occurred in […]

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Administrator Shah Delivers a TED Talk on Leveraging Science and Technology in Development

Administrator Rajiv Shah delivering a TED Talk in Long Beach, California Photo Credit: Dan Shine/USAID

I just finished day one of the annual TED conference in Long Beach, and amongst the sharing of breakthroughs in quantum mechanics, the relationship between policy and emotion, and a virtual choir, the audience got a chance to hear from USAID Administrator Raj Shah. He described how we are changing the way USAID approaches aid, […]

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Strategic Investment Helps South Africa Scale Up HIV Treatment

With 2009’s change in political leadership in South Africa, we’ve seen a rapid scale-up of HIV/AIDS testing, treatment and prevention services.  After years of neglect, we have a 17.8 percent adult HIV prevalence rate and 5.33 million adults and 330,000 children who are HIV positive, the largest in the world.  And only 37 percent of […]

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From the Field

In Zimbabwe, USAID is giving youth a voice in their communities. This month, the Young People Initiative was launched to empower youth and help them solve critical issues collaboratively. U.S. Ambassador Charles A. Ray spoke at the launch event, encouraging youth to “think outside the box” while at the same time learning from the successes […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (2/22/2011–2/25/2011) February 23 CNN reports that USAID is sending a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to New Zealand in the wake of the 6.3-magnittude earthquake in Christchurch. February 23 AFP reports that in a written statement, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah offered his condolences to the people of New Zealand. “On behalf of […]

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“What Do Rising Food Prices Mean?”

About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs. Originally posted on Dipnote, the U.S. Department of State official blog The United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization released figures this month showing that global food prices have risen 41 percent since June, primarily due to a […]

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