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Rudy Gharib

Rudy is the Deputy Director for Digital Communications for the US Agency for International Development (@USAID). In this role she leads the agency's web and social engagement, while serving as an advisor to overall strategic communications and public affairs. Previously, Rudy managed outreach and communications for USAID/Middle East where she helped communicate U.S. foreign assistance in post-revolutionary and developing countries in the Middle East.

Saving a Syrian Student’s Life

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Ghassan, a university student from Rif Damascus, was heading home from classes when fighting broke out between regime and rebel fighters. Ghassan was not able to take cover in time and was hit by shrapnel in both legs. Read more >>

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Environmental Awareness: The Roots of Peace

Earth Days bridge dialogue and action, addressing conflict over natural resources in Kyrgyzstan.

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Religious Leaders “Noisy About Malaria” in Mozambique

Each year, World Malaria Day (April 25) commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat malaria. This year’s theme is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria.” Anglican Bishop Dinis Sengulane’s message isn’t exactly what one might expect from a typical religious leader. Then again, Bishop Sengulane, who has presided over Mozambique’s Lebombo Diocese since 1976, is not a typical leader, religious […]

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Remembering USAID’s Ragaei Abdelfattah

A plaque bearing his name was adjoined to a memorial remembering fallen USAID staff. Photo Credit: USAID

On Friday, USAID honored a fallen colleague and friend, Ragaei Abdelfattah, who lost his life in Afghanistan Read more >>

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VIDEO of the Week: President Obama

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Yesterday, President Barack Obama was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Burma. There, he officially opened the USAID mission after a 24-year hiatus. “Today, I was proud to reestablish our USAID mission in this country, which is our lead development agency,” said President Obama. The President affirmed the United States’ partnership  in helping Burma, […]

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Working Together to Save Moms & Kids in Afghanistan

A decade ago, Afghanistan’s health system collapsed, leaving crumbling and neglected infrastructure, widespread prevalence of malnutrition, infectious disease, and some of the highest maternal mortality rates the world had ever seen.

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Live from UNGA: Day One

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This week, Administrator Shah and other Agency leaders are participating in several events taking place during and around the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Sunday evening we kicked off our week here in New York at the Social Good Summit, a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media […]

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Equal Futures Partnership Advances Global Women’s Opportunities

I am excited to have just returned from the kick-off of the Equal Futures Partnership to expand women’s opportunities around the world. The event was held in New York City and part of a number of events USAID is participating in during the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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‘Reaching the Moon’ in Global Health

As the U.N. General Assembly opens, we are in the midst of a global health revolution. Our collective work has delivered extraordinary results – a 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, a 41 percent reduction since 1990 alone. Read more>>

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USAID Book Club: A Farewell to Alms

As part of USAID’s Fall Semester, we will host an online book club for our readers this fall. The Impact Blog will post reading suggestions from our senior experts at USAID to suggest a book on important issues in international development. Read more >>

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