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Maintaining Women’s Potential in Yemen

Deputy Assistant Administrator Elisabeth Kvitashvili in Yemen

“The women of Yemen should never again be relegated as second class citizens.”-Attendee of the New Voices of Yemen Dinner, March 3, 2014 This was the heart of the messaging from the New Voices of Yemen: Women Leaders Dinner I attended on my second evening in the country’s capital, Sana’a. These women, a far larger […]

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Cooking With Green Charcoal Helps to Reduce Deforestation in Haiti

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An organization in northern Haiti is promoting a cooking fuel made from agricultural waste that can save trees, help farmers increase their yields and generate additional income.

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Bringing Hope to Women in Sri Lanka’s Former Conflict Zones

Like most places that have experienced conflict throughout the world, women were deeply affected by Sri Lanka’s 26-year conflict. Several USAID initiatives continue to support these women by integrating them into society and bringing normalcy back into their lives.

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The Power of Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES) to Inform Evidence-Based Nutrition Interventions and Policies

Conducting Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES)

Understanding food consumption patterns and nutrient intakes is essential for informing evidence-based food and nutrition policies. The international food and nutrition community, however, faces a lack of accurate and reliable data.

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Human-Centered Design and the Last Mile

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Community health worker (CHW) programs throughout the world struggle from limited resources and sub-optimal design, often devolving from a national strategy into a patchwork of nonprofit programs and activity. Why is this?

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No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance

Mozambican mother holds her newborn. Photo credit: MCHIP

As new research released today by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone.

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Haiti’s Recovery Won’t Happen Overnight

A row of damaged houses and buildings in the Cité Soleil neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Four years after the disaster, almost 75 percent of earthquake rubble has been removed and 89 percent of the 1.5 million displaced population have left camps for alternative housing options.

As Haiti leaves behind the era of post-earthquake relief and focuses now on longer-term development, USAID is striving to build the capacity of local organizations to lead and manage development initiatives.

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Open Data and Entrepreneurship – The Best of Both Worlds

USDA and MCC’s Presidential Innovation Fellows Erin Maneri Akred and Vidya Spandana consult with Eric Nelson, Director of the Department of State's Office of eDiplomacy. London, October 2013 Photo Credit: TechCamp Global

The benefits of open data and transparency are uniquely visible within the entrepreneurial world. Data is what fuels innovators’ work.

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Empowering Health Workers to Improve Service Delivery in Uganda

Agnes provides integrated HIV and family planning counseling to client. Photo credit: Carol Bales, IntraHealth International.

Agnes Masagwayi has a fierce determination to give her community the best possible care. But as a clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, she knows how difficult it can be.

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LGBT Rights in Jamaica: A Conversation with Maurice Tomlinson

Photo of Maurice Tomlinson. Credit: Maurice Tomlinson.

Regina Jun, Gender Advisor for the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, spoke with Maurice Tomlinson, who is an Attorney-at-Law, law lecturer on sexual rights, and HIV/AIDS advocate.

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