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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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Response to Natural Disasters in Brazil

Volunteers organize donations in the district of Conquista, municipality of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. Credit: ABr/Valter Campanato

When today’s adults were in school, 20, 30 or 40 years ago, we used to learn that Brazil was a blessed country, because we didn’t have wars, we didn’t have volcanoes or hurricanes, and we didn’t have floods. We are now over 190 million people, and our cities are growing each day. The careless occupation […]

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In the News (1/18/2011–1/21/2011)

January 18: In a profile piece, The Washington Post highlighted the work of a senior USAID official and his experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma. The USAID employee stated that he has been “very fortunate to have worked on important foreign policy priorities.” January 20: In an interview with Reuters, USAID Administrator Shah said he […]

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Moving the Business of Development Forward

Guest post from Sara Messer of ONE. Originally posted on The ONE Blog Sara Messer, ONE’s policy manager for aid effectiveness, had a chance to speak to USAID Administrator Raj Shah about a few new changes at the agency and how ONE members can help. Watch her exclusive interview in the video below. During an […]

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USAID-Supported Program Returns $15 million to US Treasury

Today, I hosted a ceremony in Washington with the Board of Directors of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund (AAEF) to celebrate the return of $15 million to American taxpayers. The Albanian-American Enterprise Fund was established in 1995 with a $30 million grant from USAID to assist the economic transformation of Albania after the fall of the […]

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Week 9: The Modern Development Enterprise

Today, USAID is fundamentally changing—becoming more efficient, effective, and businesslike—which ultimately helps our investment dollars go further. Our effort to transform how development is delivered reflects the beliefs of the President and the Secretaries of State, Treasury and Defense: development is as critical to our economic prospects and our national security as diplomacy and defense. […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service

On MLK day a number of USAID employees decided to heed the President and First Lady’s call to a day of service and got out and help volunteer with local organizations. The Administrator and a team went to a service event hosted by the Youth Services Opportunity Project at the Church of the Epiphany in […]

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