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Witness to an Historic Ukrainian Election

Ukranian woman places vote in ballot box

Ukraine recently held historic elections as the world watched. USAID provided assistance to ensure the legitimacy and transparency of the process.

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5 Ways USAID is Preparing for Hurricane Season

satellite photo of a hurricane

As another Atlantic hurricane season approaches, we are reminded that it takes just one bad storm to wreak havoc, kill and injure thousands, and inflict billions of dollars in damage.

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Using Local Systems to Achieve Development Goals

A woman eats rice a on a street in Rangoon

USAID puts forth a vision of development that’s locally owned, locally led & locally sustained.

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Transforming Cities Today for Equitable Societies Tomorrow

The Medellin metrocable, Colombia

Cities are here to stay. But when it comes to how we share them, USAID believes in one fundamental principle: Growing cities can help to drive inclusive development; but local governments, organizations and communities must work together to ensure that urban growth does not overwhelm the ability to deliver basic services, and that the benefits of urbanization are felt by society’s most vulnerable.

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Development Financing “Sea Change” Drives Real Change

farm in East Africa

Read a USAID employee’s first-hand account of the difference even a small amount of credit can make in the life of an entrepreneur in the developing world. USAID is proud to scale this work through our Development Credit Authority.

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10 Ways the U.S. Government is Fighting Global Climate Change (that you’ve never heard about)

Photo Credit: Daniel Byers, SkyShip Films 2011

Fighting lake burst in Nepal, using Nasa data to monitor forest cover, building climate smart cities in coastal Asia. Read about these and other ways the U.S. Government is hard at work helping protect our planet and the billions of people who share it.

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Serbia Plugs Into Cow Power

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With support from USAID’s Agribusiness Project, manure from the Lazar Dairy is being “digested” by Serbia’s first biogas plant and converted into electricity, which the dairy sells to the national electricity company, EPS, at a preferential rate applicable to renewable energy suppliers.

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Grading Donors on Land Rights: Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

“Secure property rights are the gateway to broad-based economic growth, improved food security, reduced violent conflict, and improved natural resource management”

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Improving Agriculture to Help Lift Nigerian Families Out of Poverty

Alex Thier (far left) looks on as a Nigerian farmer checks the starch level of his cassava crop. (Photo Credit: USAID)

USAID/Nigeria has been investing in several agriculture activities such as Thai Farms to support local farmers. In fact, Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (MARKETS II) is the Nigeria Mission’s flagship agriculture activity. This project seeks to connect local farmers to markets, introduce new technology and partnerships, and provide training to farmers to improve production capacity.

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Learning from Past Elections to Improve Current Elections

International support for elections has emphasized various dimensions during the past several decades. In an effort to promote free and genuine electoral processes, assistance has included technical support for election commissions, provision of electoral commodities, international and domestic election monitoring, political party capacity building and many other modes.

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