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Mapping for Informed Decision Making in Rwanda

Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) have long been used in Rwanda for sectors such as agriculture and economic growth. The need for these innovative tools and skills, however, are just now being recognized in other fields, including health. As a monitoring and evaluation expert, I have seen how useful geography and maps can be […]

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How a Simple Memo Protected Mothers and Children from Malaria

Megan Fotheringham, Public Health Advisor, President’s Malaria Initiative In the developing world, pregnancy is a dangerous time for women. In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria poses a major threat to the health of pregnant women and their developing babies; each year nearly 32 million pregnant women are at risk from this deadly disease. The dangers, which occur […]

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Government Contractors and Trafficking in Persons—what we are doing to cut those links

On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the ArmorGroup North America has paid $7.5 million to “settle accusations that they filed false claims on a contract to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.”  The Associated Press article published by The New York Times on Friday, July 8, noted that […]

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Administrator Shah Receives Award for Indian Diaspora

Diaspora can make a difference.  That’s the reasoning behind India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award—the most prestigious civilian award given by the President of India to successful Indian diaspora who have enhanced India’s prestige around the world. USAID’s Administrator, Rajiv Shah, was recently honored as an Indian-American who is making a difference when he was presented […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing: 7/4/2011 – 7/8/2011 July 5: New York Times columnist Nick Kristof discussed American aid to Africa and said the Obama administration’s Feed the Future initiative, led by USAID, deserves credit for saving 4 million lives yearly. July 7: CNN reports that USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg will be part of the official U.S. […]

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Observing the Brave in Vilnius

by Sarah Mendelson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance We’re Together, Even When We Are Not The Arab Spring has left many activists at the Community of Democracies hopeful—perhaps none more so than Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. She wasn’t physically in attendance but virtually and spiritually, her presence was […]

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USAID’S Work in Foreign Police Assistance: Lessons from the Field

Each year, the United States Government invests billions of dollars to train and equip police in countries that present a vital security interest such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, and Mexico.  In FY 2009, USAID spent $45 million to fund 40 civilian police assistance programs in 27 countries. Activities ranged from inclusion of civilian police in […]

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USAID-World Bank Study Explores Viability of Integrated Farming in South Darfur

USAID, the World Bank, and the South Darfur Ministry of Agriculture and Forests held a workshop in Khartoum June 26 to discuss the new report, Rehabilitation of Gum Arabic Ecosystems in South Darfur, which examines the role of farming systems that integrate gum arabic, livestock, and food grains as a viable option in South Darfur […]

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Let’s Hear it for Sustainable Tourism: A Photo Essay

By David Chalmers, Natural Resources Officer, USAID/Southern Africa “Let’s hear it for Mozambique, let’s hear it for sustainable tourism!” crowds chanted at the opening of the Lake Niassa Reserve. USAID has worked in partnership with the government of Mozambique, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Coca-Cola Company to protect the species and natural habitats of […]

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Eva Biaudet, 2011 TIP Hero, On Finland’s Work to Combat Trafficking

This week, I traveled from Washington, D.C.—where I was honored to be named a 2011 TIP Hero—to Vilnius, Lithuania, where I have had the opportunity to discuss modern day slavery with prominent women from all over the world. As I listened to the Ghanian Minister of Women’s Affairs speak passionately about the forces that make […]

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