Recent Site Articles
NASA Earth Data Jumpstarts World’s Aspiring Researchers
by Kit Batten, USAID Global Climate Change Coordinator on 22nd April 2014
Question: What do you get when you mix NASA data, USAID’s development expertise, and some of the best young scientific minds the world can offer? Answer: Some of the most promising ideas to help solve the world’s biggest challenges
10 Ways the U.S. Government is Fighting Global Climate Change (that you’ve never heard about)
by USAID Climate Change team on 22nd April 2014
Fighting lake burst in Nepal, using Nasa data to monitor forest cover, building climate smart cities in coastal Asia. Read about these and other ways the U.S. Government is hard at work helping protect our planet and the billions of people who share it.
South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action
by Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator on 17th April 2014
On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.
On the Road to Innovation in the West Bank
by Deputy Assistant Administrator Alina L. Romanowski on 15th April 2014
Recently I spent two action-packed days visiting the West Bank where I saw the tremendous impact that the USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission’s work has in many sectors and witnessed several innovative projects.
Ending Extreme Poverty with a New Model of Development
by Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator on 14th April 2014
Working together, we can throw open the doors of development and engage millions of people in our mission to unlock a brighter future for all.
By Preparing for Disaster, Chile Remains Resilient
by Tim Callaghan, Senior Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance on 9th April 2014
A powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck near the northern coast of Chile on April 1, prompting a tsunami and a series of strong aftershocks. Yet, nearly 1 million people were safely evacuated from harm’s way thanks to Chile’s disaster response preparations and early detection of the tsunami.
Serbia Plugs Into Cow Power
by Mirjana Vukša-Zavišić, Development Outreach and Communications Assistant, USAID/Serbia on 8th April 2014
With support from USAID’s Agribusiness Project, manure from the Lazar Dairy is being “digested” by Serbia’s first biogas plant and converted into electricity, which the dairy sells to the national electricity company, EPS, at a preferential rate applicable to renewable energy suppliers.
Eight Facts About ZunZuneo
by Matt Herrick, Spokesperson on 7th April 2014
USAID’s work in Cuba is not unlike what we and other donors do around the world to connect people who have been cut off from the outside world by repressive or authoritarian governments. USAID’s democracy and governance work focuses on strengthening civil society, governance, and promoting human rights.
Commemorating World Health Day
by USAID Global Health Team on 7th April 2014
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called upon our nation to join with the world in ending
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Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives?
by Priya Jaisinghani, Director of USAID Mobile Solutions team and Mindy Hernandez, Behavioral Research Specialist for USAID Mozambique on 5th April 2014
We might not fully agree, but it has a key insight. All of us- including people living in poverty- have complicated, demanding lives. So simple availability doesn’t mean that even life-changing services like vaccines and HIV tests stay at the top of our minds.
U.S. Global Development Lab Launches to Develop and Scale Solutions to Global Challenges
by Gayle Smith,Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of National Security Council and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. on 4th April 2014
Imagine a world in which diagnostics for diseases that are prevalent in developing countries are available at pennies per use, renewable off-grid energy services are affordable for households earning less than $2/day, and every family has enough healthy food to eat. USAID is helping to turn these ideas into realities by launching the U.S. Global Development Lab.
USAID launches Global Development Lab
by Impact Blog Team on 3rd April 2014
Today in New York, we launched our Global Development Lab, the new arm of our Agency that will foster science and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.