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The Challenges and Successes of Stabilization in Afghanistan

USAID’s Stabilization in Key Areas (SIKA) program in Afghanistan has been in the news over the past few days, primarily due to the challenging nature of the SIKA’s goals. The program was not designed to handle easy issues. In fact, the program strives to strike at several difficult challenges that will influence Afghanistan’s future after the transition in 2014.

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What’s to Learn from a Nobel Laureate?

Dr. Yunus while visiting USAID. Photo Credit: USAID

Dr. Muhammad Yunus—Nobel laureate, founder of the Grameen Bank, and currently chairman of Yunus Social Business—recently visited USAIDto address Agency staff about Lessons in Leadership. After his talk, he met with a small group of USAID leaders for a candid, open-ended conversation.

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Global Tiger Day

A tiger in Nepal. Photo Credit: USAID

Global Tiger Day is an opportunity every July 29th to raise awareness of the need to protect our last remaining tigers for future generations.

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With a Nudge from a Tiger project, Nepal is poised to take the Lead on Conservation Genetics

Female Bengal Tiger with her four cubs sighted at Bardia National Park, Terai Arc Landscape. Credit: Jakob Jespersen/WWF Nepal

Globally, poaching has become ever more violent and the smuggling of wildlife parts increasingly sophisticated by organized crime groups. On his recent trip to Africa, President Obama highlighted the gravity of this problem, drawing renewed attention to the issue.

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River Blindness Eliminated in Colombia

In Naciona, Colombia, a child is measured for treatment with the drug Mecitzan®, donated by Merck. The village of Naciona's close proximity to the river meant that, in the past, residents were exposed to the bites of flies that carried river blindness. Now, thanks to the work of the national program and the Carter Center OEPA Colombia has eliminated river blindness nationwide. Photo Credit: USAID

Today, Colombia celebrates a great milestone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), out of 38 endemic countries worldwide, Colombia is the first to eliminate river blindness, a disease transmitted through infected flies that can cause chronic skin lesions, irreversible blindness, or severe visual impairment.

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U.S. AID Supports Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency and Climate Adapation Engagement in Asia Pacific

USAID is funding the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Center’s Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) through the Pacific Disaster Center to develop a multi-hazard early warning and decision support system. Photo Credit: CNAS

Last month, we were honored to have Greg Beck, deputy assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), visit the group to share details about USAID ‘s on-going disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience, and climate adaptation related-engagement in the Asia Pacific and the related State-USAI Joint Regional Strategy for East Asia and the Pacific.

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Clean Hands Inc. – 5 Questions with Bear Valley Ventures

Youth in India. Photo Credit: Walter Gibson

Bear Valley Ventures, a grantee of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program, is investigating how to radically improve hand hygiene habits in India, through product innovation. Bear Valley and partners created Clean Hands Inc (CHI) to develop new products for the urban poor that can be used by households with substandard or no sanitation and constrained access to water.

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Administrator Testifies on FY 2014 Budget Request

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With the completion of Administrator Shah’s final congressional hearing on the FY 2014 President’s Budget Request for USAID, I want to highlight that this budget reflects the development priorities of this Administration while making difficult tradeoffs due to the constrained budget realities.

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Nurturing Rule of Law in Young Uzbekistan

Judge John R. Tunheim (second from right) and fellow trainer, former prosecutor David Hackney, relax with Uzbek prosecutors as they learn about the American judicial system. Photo credit: USAID

Judge John R. Tunheim traveled to Uzbekistan to share his experience in the areas of rule of law and human rights, and participate in a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Uzbek constitution. Read more >>

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Germany’s Renewed Support: Another Leap Forward for the Global Fund

Alongside the Global Fund’s new Executive Director Mark Dybul and Bill Gates, German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel announces Germany’s EUR 1 billion commitment to the Global Fund at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Photo credit: The Global Fund

USAID, through PEPFAR, and alongside many donor countries such as Germany, has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Read more >>

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