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The USAID Impact blog frequently features posts by guest authors.

Making the Unavoidable Unacceptable

On World Water Day, March 22, safe drinking water and sanitation experts gather across the globe both to celebrate successes and to develop more effective, sustainable ways of meeting this vital development need. One element of those conversations is that the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries poses a number of […]

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From the Field

In Jamaica, the U.S. government is partnering with the Jamaica Constabulary Force to host the region’s First Law Enforcement Anti-Corruption Conference.  The two-day conference will feature leading anti-corruption champions and will bring together high level law enforcement personnel, including Commissioners of Police and Customs, to conduct a situational analysis of corruption in the individual Caribbean […]

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On the Ground in Japan

  “The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy.” -President Barack Obama   As part of the American effort to […]

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Putting Science in the Spotlight

by Jonathan Hale, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia Last week I travelled to Moscow to take part in meetings on science cooperation with Dr. John Holdren, who is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Dr. Holdren and Russian Minister of Education […]

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Measuring the Impact of Sports on Youth Development

USAID’s Office of Development Partners (ODP) and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT) sponsored a panel discussion on “Measuring the Impact of Sports on Youth Development” on Tuesday, March 1st.   Over 125 guests and staff heard from NGO leadership who work with sports as a platform for youth development and spoke on […]

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How Will We Shape the Next One-Hundred International Women’s Days?

As the 100th celebration of international women’s day approaches, I’ve been musing over the origins of the day and what it symbolizes. The first international women’s day was formally celebrated on March 19, 1911 throughout Europe, where both women and men advocated for women’s right to work under fair conditions. In 2011, as USAID reiterates […]

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USAID hands over Child Support Centers to Azerbaijan

Anver Tagiyev tailoring at his workshop. Photo Credit: llgar Ahmadov Social worker, Goygoy CFSC (Child and Family Support Center).

Child and Family Support Centers (CFSC) established under USAID’s Community-Based Children’s Support Program have provided around 30,000 vulnerable children and 8,000 families in Azerbaijan with essential social services over the past six years. The majority of children that use the centers are considered vulnerable – meaning they live in institutions, are from poor families, are […]

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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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