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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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USAID-Funded Center Tabulates Sudan Referendum Results

By Michael Eddy, Democracy and Governance Team Leader, USAID/Sudan JUBA—Here at the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) data center, staff are hard at work processing results forms of the votes cast in the referendum on southern Sudan’s self-determination, which concluded January 15 after seven days of voting.  Voters had two choices—unity with northern Sudan, or […]

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Supporting U.S. Global Development Objectives through Private Sector Partnerships

By: Matthew Corso, USAID USAID recently released the 2011 Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS).  The 2011 GDA APS captures and conveys the Administration’s commitment to partnering with the private sector in support of U.S. global development objectives. The intention for this APS is to encourage conversations between the private sector and USAID […]

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USAID/Nepal Supported Women’s Football League Tournament Comes to a Glorious End

By: Stuti Basnyet, USAID/Nepal On January 12, Jed Meline, USAID’s Acting Mission Director in Nepal, and I flew down to Dhangadi, a district in Nepal’s far-western region, to attend the championship of an eight-day women’s football (soccer) league tournament. This was a unique outreach opportunity. Most field trips we embark on are meant to either […]

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