U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the inauguration of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2012.
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The floods of 2010 destroyed many people’s farms and means of income in Swat Valley of Pakistan. USAID is helping these people get back on their feet. See the full series of videos, including bee farms, medicinal herbs, fish farms, and more on the USAID Pakistan Mission’s YouTube account.
USAID’s Development Credit Authority designs and delivers investment alternatives that unlock private financing in support of U.S. development objectives.
We can work together to end preventable child deaths. Learn how at http://5thbday.usaid.gov.
In just a few days, USAID will host the Frontiers in Development Forum. Check out some of the exciting panelists that will be at the conference.
- The presidents of Liberia, Kosovo, and Malawi,
- Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister,
- John Kufuor, former president of Ghana
- Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland
- Admiral James Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- Vikrim Pandit, CEO, Citigroup
- Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
- Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion
- Mandy Moore, Actress and philanthropist
- Christy Turlington, former supermodel and Founder of Every Mother Counts
- Barbara Bush, President, Global Health Corps
…and many other leaders and development professionals! Check out the full agenda, and pick out which events you will watch live. Stay tuned for live updates of our event on Twitter too by using the hashtag #Developmentis.
USAID is helping Maasai women in Tanzania gain literacy and numeracy skills so that they can obtain land rights, start businesses, and become involved in local government. By 2011, more than 2,000 women had completed the program. Their new communication skills allow them to conduct business activities more easily and empower them to assert their rights. For the first time in their lives, these women are earning incomes independently through small enterprises and farming. One graduate of the program says, “It has helped me to mobilize other women because the program saw potential in us.”
Ever wonder how Gladioli bulbs can help an estimated 1,000 families start earning their living and jumpstart a fledgling flower industry in Pakistan? USAID, through the Small Grants Program and the US Ambassador’s Fund, seeks to empower grassroots organizations and community groups working to strengthen civil society in Pakistan.
The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund provides small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community level. The Fund supports high-impact, quick-implementation activities, that can be completed within one year without requiring further funding.
On this occasion, we highlight one of the results of the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund in Rawalakot, known for its dire economic situation for the 540,000 residents who until recently only planted maize and wheat.
In a strategically located valley just 120 km from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Rawalakot’s high elevation (1,615 m.) makes it ideal for growing gladioli bulbs which are increasingly becoming popular in major cities.
USAID financed the purchase of gladioli bulbs, training sessions for farmers, and consultations of an agricultural specialist to help the families grow the flowers correctly. Thanks to the project, families have increased their revenues by over 70%, with women being the main beneficiaries of the project. This project has enabled women to become salient participants in the flower industry and because of related activities involving the sale and distribution of the flower, it is estimated that many more families in surrounding communities will benefit greatly from this project. As a result of the increase in income, families are now able to invest the money into their children’s education and household expenses.
Watch this historic video from 1997 on the Marshall Plan that was established in 1949 by Secretary of State George C. Marshall based on the urgent need to help the European Recovery after World War II. This video portrays U.S. aid over the years.