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Beyond ARVs: Comprehensive HIV Interventions in Ethiopia

An estimated 1.1 million people in Ethiopia are living with HIV/AIDS, which makes the country home to one of the largest populations of HIV-infected individuals in the world, according to UNAIDS.  Ethiopia is also one of the poorest countries in the world; only four countries fare worse than Ethiopia on the UN Development Program’s Human […]

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From the Field

In Tanzania, we are launching a Couples’ Communication Campaign.  This event will launch an advocacy campaign to promote communication within couples about family health and positive gender norms. In Madagascar, USAID’s Office of Food Security and Disaster Assistance is providing $2 million to support the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) FAO locust response program […]

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Making Critical Connections: Agriculture, Nutrition, Health

By Kimberly Flowers, Feed the Future Sometimes bringing together nearly a thousand development leaders and experts from around the world around an issue can spark a global movement. Last week I participated in a conference  hosted by the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) in New Delhi, India that was designed to leverage agriculture […]

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USAID in the News

February 8, 2011: In an editorial, Voice of America writes that 50 years after USAID was created, the agency still remains a vital actor in U.S. global presence. VOA also notes that USAID “has become a quiet force for progress: preventing disease and disasters, stabilizing societies and expanding free markets, and changing with the times […]

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Empowering Youth in India

By: Laura Rodriguez, USAID At the age of 17, Ishita Chaudhry recalls watching violent riots in her home country of India and being struck by the lack of political will and voice that her fellow peers had in decision making.  It was 2002.  Ishita was a senior in high school and suddenly became motivated to […]

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My Journey with USAID

By Winston J. Allen, PhD Senior Evaluation Specialist, USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning USAID entered my life in 1963, when I participated in the school lunch program at my elementary school, the Congo Town Municipal Primary School in the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The school lunch, supported by USAID, was a high […]

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Real Results in Afghanistan

By: Louisa Bargeron and Lars Anderson During the USAID delegation to Afghanistan, Administrator Rajiv Shah, Mission Director Earl Gast, and Alex Their, head of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan,  visited the Hesa Awal Community Development Council (CDC)—an initiative made possible through Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP)—located in Dakoy Payan Village, Kabul.  Also present was […]

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Southern Sudan Referendum Results: Independence

Submitted by: Angela Stephens, USAID Africa Bureau Today it was announced that in a landslide vote nearly 99% of southern Sudanese voters opted to secede from Sudan.  The Government of Sudan has formally accepted the outcome, an important step in preserving peace in a region that has suffered through decades of war. But just weeks […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (1/31/2011–2/4/2011) January 31 Reuters reports that at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the world’s preeminent companies announced a major plan to invest in agriculture projects in Tanzania and Vietnam. USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah championed the plan, stating “we believe it is smarter and more efficient to support agriculture than to […]

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Week 11: Working in Development

Submitted by Kimberly Ocheltree, Community Health Educator in Peace Corps Cameroon. Before joining the Peace Corps, Ms. Ocheltree worked as a Policy Fellow in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. I used to work at USAID and answer mission’s questions surrounding 13 various policies and statutes related to family planning assistance. My life has […]

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