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Laura Rodriguez

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And now, the good news…

As featured on DFID’s blog As a journalist I spend a lot of time reporting on the developing world. To be honest, many of my stories focus on problems and failures, so when I was approached to moderate an event about the Millennium Development Goals during the UN General Assembly, to showcase solutions and successes, […]

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Social Media in International Development

If this week’s Social Good Summit in New York could only prove one point, it would be that social media has a crucial role to play in communicating the story of international development. Whether it is a blog, a tweet, or a large Facebook presence—social media is a way to actively engage the public on […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (9/19/2011 – 9/23/2011) September 19: The Huffington Post reports that at Mashable’s Social Good Summit, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah launched a new public engagement effort to raise awareness about the devastating famine in the Horn of Africa. Known as the FWD Campaign (Famine, War, Drought), the campaign aims to increase awareness and […]

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USAID Renews Commitment to Finding a Viable HIV Vaccine

Having worked in the HIV/AIDS realm for many years, I’ve gotten my share of questions on when I think an effective vaccine will finally be discovered and the world will bear witness to an AIDS free generation. Some wonder why, after 30 years, our path towards finding a cure for HIV—a virus that has taken […]

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On the Road with SCMS, Part 3: In South Africa, a provincial depot’s dream team mobilizes to support scale up of HIV/AIDS care and treatment

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. In March, Diane Reynolds, Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)’s country director in South Africa,wrote about President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s […]

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Join the Conversation with Administrator Raj Shah: “How to Make Change: Youth and International Development”

Young Americans across the country are the first generation of Americans to truly grow up in an ever-connected, global community.  I am humbled by the innovation and passion young people bring to their work that is changing lives every day.  So many youth are engaged in exceptional work in their communities as well as in […]

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Worth a Thousand Words

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How You Can Help Japan: Give Cash not Goods

If you’ve been following the aftermath of last week’s  massive earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan you’re probably wondering how you can help. Millions are affected, recovery will be protracted and difficult. Besides the initial, tragic effects of the disaster, millions of people in Japan still have no running water or power.  Lines spanning city […]

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Photo of the Week: Chile and the U.S. Join efforts for Development

Deputy Assistant Administrator Mark Lopes of the United States Agency for International Development Agency (USAID) and Executive Director of the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AgCI), Maria Cristina Lazo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint development cooperation in third countries. As part of the new partnership, they signed a trilateral agreement to help […]

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Pic of the Week

USAID continues to deliver aid to those impacted by the floods. To date, USAID/FFP has provided $51.5 million in direct support of World Food Programme’s monthly food ration distributions and to an NGO to support food voucher distribution. People in the United States who wish to contribute to the effort are asked to text the […]

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