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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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Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Contributions to Combat Trafficking

About the author: Holly Burkhalter is Vice President of Government Relations for International Justice Mission The sheer size of the State Department’s 11th Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released this week, is a reflection of the enormity and ubiquity of the crime of modern day slavery. Yet there is much to celebrate in the document […]

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The Young African Women Leaders, the First Lady, and Me

Nicole Goldin is Senior Advisor in USAID’s Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau I made my way to Johannesburg along with 76 bright and dynamic young women – 44 from across South Africa and 32 from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa – for the U.S. Government-sponsored Forum for Young African Women Leaders.  Ranging in age from […]

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From the Field

In Tajikistan, the Youth Theater for Peace tour will kick-off. The USAID Youth Theater for Peace project uses an arts-based approach, which aims to advance sustainable peace promotion at the community level by encouraging changes in attitudes and behaviors among young people. In Senegal, we will participate in the 6th Annual Fight AIDS Day. In […]

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