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Voters Chose Secession for Southern Sudan, Provisional Referendum Results Show

Provisional results announced in Juba Sunday for the referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan indicate that southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to secede and form a new nation. Of more than 3.8 million votes cast, nearly 99 percent chose secession, and just over 1 percent chose unity with northern Sudan.

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USAID Shows Youth the Benefits of Conserving Energy

Ukrainian singer Alyosha, who represented Ukraine at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, explains why she decided to join USAID’s Energy Efficiency Season campaign. Photo Credit: USAID Municipal Heating Project

Saving energy is key to any country’s solid economic future and to its future as an independent country.  Teaching this generation of youth to take ownership over energy-saving best practices proves paramount in ensuring Ukraine’s sustainable energy future. Ukraine’s dependence on imports from Russia for most of its energy supply makes energy conservation especially important. […]

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Technology to Encourage Stability in Volatile East African Regions

Recipients test high frequency radios in East Africa. The USAID-funded radios allow information to be transmitted quickly to the local authorities and those involved in conflict mitigation. Photo credit: CEWARN.

Most people are familiar with how information can be used to promote conflict.  Media control and propaganda can spread misinformation, fear, and violence.  Purposeful jamming or outright destruction of communications lines during attacks can prolong the length and severity of conflict.  But can information and technology be used to promote peace instead?  In East Africa, […]

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USAID In the News (1/24/2011–1/28/2011)

January 24: In an exclusive interview with Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah responded to calls from Republicans in Congress to cut development and foreign aid, stating it would undermine US national security. Shah explained that it would not only put USAID’s reforms in jeopardy, but have “real and drastic negative […]

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Feed the Future launches Comprehensive Approach to engaging the Private Sector

By:  Tjada McKenna,Director, Private Sector and Innovation Office, Bureau for Food Security At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Administrator Shah proudly announced USAID’s support for the WEF’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative. This initiative is led by 17 global companies, including Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Coca-Cola, DuPont, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, […]

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U.S. and Russia Further Cooperation In The Fight Against Polio

US Ambassador to the United Nations Betty King, HHS Director of Global Health Affairs Nils Daulaire,RAJ, and Russian Deputy Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova

While in Moscow last summer, I visited the M.P. Chumakov Institute of Poliomyelitis and saw the history of collaboration between the U.S. and Russia on polio research.  I saw opportunity to advance our cooperation to address new challenges and work with Russian experts to eradicate polio for good enabled by the Obama Administration ‘reset’ policy […]

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‘Modern Development Enterprise’ – A Major Address by Administrator Shah

As featured in the White House Blog Last week, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah gave a major address to over 200 non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, academics, and international development leaders hosted by the Center for Global Development. The text of the speech as prepared for delivery can be found here.  Dr. Shah’s speech on The Modern […]

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Witnessing History in Southern Sudan

Juba, Sudan—One of the most inspiring and humbling parts of observing the referendum on southern Sudan’s self-determination was being in the room at a referendum center as votes were counted the night polling ended. At the center where I observed, Lologo Center in Juba, five Sudanese poll workers, five Sudanese domestic observers, and four USAID […]

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Microfinance Empowers Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

In a packed and conversation-filled room in northern Tanzania, the wheels of microfinance are spinning – quietly and efficiently, yet furiously. Every week, this group of people owning and running small businesses worth less than $700 comes together in Arusha to make payments on microloans received from Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Limited […]

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USAID’s January Frontlines

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines for these stories: Military troops and civilians work together to fulfill U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge of U.S. support to a renewed Afghanistan Newborns and their mothers in Afghanistan are the winners after a concerted effort to knock down the nation’s abysmal infant and maternal death […]

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