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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (10/10/2011 – 10/14/2011) October 8: Over the weekend, The New York Times published an editorial supporting the budgets for the State Department and foreign aid. “Savings squeezed from the State Department and foreign aid — which together are less than a tenth of the basic Pentagon budget — would be a tiny share […]

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50 Years of Partnership with Kenya – Part 2 of 4

USAID and Kenyan partners created the Northern Rangelands Trust, or NRT, which is an umbrella organization that oversees local conservancies owned and managed by local communities.  The roles of NRT include building capacity, ensuring financial transparency, and improving local security for both pastoralists and tourists.  NRT also provides a means for granting microfinance loans – […]

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From the Field

Our weekly feature highlighting upcoming events at USAID Missions around the globe. In Indonesia, the U.S. government, through a USAID Development Credit Authority facility, will provide a guarantee to a new student loan program funded by the Putera Sampoerna Foundation and two financial institutions, UBS AG and Raiffeisen Bank International AG. The program will provide […]

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Building Bridges to the Oecusse Exclave

Just weeks into my new assignment in Timor-Leste, I was thrilled to be traveling with a group of colleagues to the country’s remote exclave of Oecusse.  By catching a ride on a UN helicopter, our team was able to cut out nearly a day of travel, including clearing the four border checkpoints required to make […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (10/2/2011 – 10/7/2011) October 3: Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports that USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah is traveling to Ethiopia and Kenya this week to visit areas affected by the drought. Administrator Shah will be visiting heads of state and senior leadership, as well as pulling together the humanitarian and NGO communities, […]

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Celebrating USAID at 50: A Family History of Development

USAID’s efforts in international development are often represented merely by quantitative improvements within the Agency’s mission countries, but Mark Oviatt, currently part of USAID/Sri Lanka, shares some sentiments that prove USAID’s presence is more than just numbers. Mark Oviatt’s history with USAID began long before he was employed by the Agency.  Mark was raised overseas […]

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FWD the Facts on Facebook

Two weeks ago, USAID and the Ad Council launched the FWD campaign to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in East Africa.  The campaign name stands for Famine, War, and Drought – because of the tragic and rare convergence of these three factors that are all currently affecting this region. Today we are making it […]

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Turning Impossible Challenges into Solvable Problems

Recently, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered an address at the TED annual conference where he noted that “… scientific and technological breakthroughs do more than address specific technical challenges; they inspire collective action by turning impossible challenges into solvable problems”. In my remarks on “Turning Impossible Challenges into Solvable Problems” at the University of […]

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USAID Peace Scholar Speaks in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

I have just returned to Cairo after a life-changing week I spent in New York City. During which I participated in the Clinton Global Initiative as a youth guest speaker. I spoke in a panel with President Clinton and other renowned world leaders, met with Dr. Rajiv Shah –I have to admit that his age […]

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Darfuri Woman Working for USAID Inspires Community

Story submitted by Millennium Relief and Development Services/Partner Aid International When Ikhlas was a young girl in El Fasher, North Darfur, her life took a tragic turn when she contracted polio. The disease has been nearly eradicated worldwide following the advent of safe and effective childhood vaccinations, but in a few pockets of the world, […]

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