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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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Picture of the Week: Secretary Clinton Chairs the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

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Paving the Way for a Measles-Free Nigeria

Guest Post by: Andrea Gay, Executive Director of Children’s Health at the United Nations Foundation For the last ten years, I have seen thousands of children cry after being pricked by needle for a vaccination against measles –a deadly disease that is preventable by one quick, albeit painful, shot. I witnessed it again this week […]

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USAID Commemorates National Freedom Day and Advocates to Combat Human Trafficking

On February 1, 1865 President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery and sent it to the States for ratification.  February 1st was later established as National Freedom Day.  A very complex form of “modern slavery” currently pervades across society and affects men, women and children.  Through human trafficking, individuals and families are entrapped in […]

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