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The USAID Impact blog frequently features posts by guest authors.

Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls

A woman in Liberia. Photo Credit: USAID/Liberia

Women and girls are an extremely powerful force for development. A woman’s economic wellbeing is fundamental to her family, her community, her children, and her children’s children. Women are vital to economic growth, income generation, and security and stability. More than 70 percent of the farmers in Africa are women, often toiling on small plots […]

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Meet Amit Mistry, AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at USAID

Amit is an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at USAID.  He was recently interviewed by his former colleagues at Research!America for their blog New Voice for Research. New Voices (NV): What do you do, and why is it important? Amit: I am a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the United States Agency for […]

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Addressing the World’s Greatest Development Challenges

Susan Reichle, Assistant to the Administrator for USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) (far left) speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As a career Foreign Service Officer, I’ve seen many international frameworks that try to address some of the world’s greatest development challenges. It’s a tricky balance to strike—ensuring the inclusion of viewpoints from the international partners we depend on, but not losing the needed focus at the expense of broad buy-in. The Organization for Economic […]

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Moving Forward: Development in Conflict-Affected Mindanao

I recently returned from a 10-day trip to the Philippines where I had the opportunity to visit a number of USAID-assisted projects in Mindanao.  The second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao is graced with stunning natural beauty—towering mountains and verdant plateaus—but is also the location of a protracted conflict that has held back the […]

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Using Science to Accelerate Progress on Global Health

Originally posted on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog Speaking at the National Institutes of Health yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Raj Shah delivered a compelling vision of global development: that we can accelerate progress on global health by harnessing science, technology, and innovation. This vision builds on […]

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Picture of the Week

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Staff Exchange Program Deepens Relationship Between Brazil and U.S.

By Mark Lopes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID/ Latin America and Caribbean Bureau The US and Brazil took another step yesterday toward deepening our joint efforts in developing countries,  with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a staff exchange program between USAID and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). Starting in April 2011, USAID […]

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Picture of the Week

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Keeping America Safe: Development’s Role in National Security

By: Louisa Bargeron It was just a few weeks ago that Administrator Rajiv Shah described USAID’s plan for modernizing foreign assistance through a series of reforms to promote sustainable development and highlight the role of development in national security.  In Afghanistan, USAID’s efforts promotes security here and in the U.S. through coordinated civil-military projects like […]

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Providing Safe Water to Cities in India

By: USAID/India For many Indian cities and towns facing the challenges of growing populations and urban expansion, providing direct access to clean, affordable, and reliable drinking water is a significant challenge. Currently, only a fraction of the urban population has direct access to clean piped water, often because of inadequate and inefficient supply systems. The […]

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