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Afghanistan Makes Progress by Addressing Land Issues

In a December 6, 2011 story in the Asia Times, Dr. Rafiullah Bidar, the Jalalabad program manager of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, made a striking comment: “It is part of our culture that people kill each other over two issues. . . . One is for land, and the second is women.” Improving […]

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This Week at USAID – September 6, 2011

After a hiatus, we will be continuing the “This Week at USAID” series on the first day of the work week. Thursday, September 8th is International Literacy Day. The Center for Universal Education at Brookings, the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative, and USAID will mark the day by hosting a series of panel discussions on […]

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Innovating in Afghanistan

In 2002, fewer than 200,000 people in Afghanistan had access to telephones.  Today, some 15 million Afghans use mobile phones and a full 85% of the population lives within the combined network coverage of the four major telcos.  This technological leap connects Afghans to each other and to the economy in ways that were unimaginable […]

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Sustainable Assistance for Afghanistan

In Afghanistan a few weeks ago, I encountered two programs that are emblematic of the challenges and triumphs of civilian assistance efforts in Afghanistan. Read more >>

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From the Field

In Sri Lanka, we are holding our annual multi-religion and multi-ethnic festival.  After nearly 30 years of conflict, the festival is meant to give members of these previously conflicting groups a chance to meet and know each other in order to foster reconciliation and respect for diversity. In Afghanistan, we will hold the Afghan Women […]

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USAID’S Work in Foreign Police Assistance: Lessons from the Field

Each year, the United States Government invests billions of dollars to train and equip police in countries that present a vital security interest such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, and Mexico.  In FY 2009, USAID spent $45 million to fund 40 civilian police assistance programs in 27 countries. Activities ranged from inclusion of civilian police in […]

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From the Field

In Tajikistan, the Youth Theater for Peace tour will kick-off. The USAID Youth Theater for Peace project uses an arts-based approach, which aims to advance sustainable peace promotion at the community level by encouraging changes in attitudes and behaviors among young people. In Senegal, we will participate in the 6th Annual Fight AIDS Day. In […]

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Evaluating U.S. Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan

In the last decade, Afghanistan has made some dramatic development achievements. Read more >>

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Picture of the Week: Senator John Kerry Opens USAID’s Democracy and Governance Fundamentals course in Kabul

Submitted by Maria Elena Barrón, USAID/Afghanistan Senator John Kerry, the Chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Afghanistan this past weekend. While at the US Embassy Kabul on Sunday May 15, he took twenty minutes between meetings to address the participants of USAID’s “Democracy and Governance Fundamentals” during the morning’s launch of the […]

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From the Field

In Haiti, on May 1st, we inaugurated a rural agricultural research center to celebrate Haiti’s National Agriculture and Labor Day.  Click here for more information on the initiative. In Afghanistan, CNN will report on eco-projects.  One project that may be highlighted is USAID’s Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Productive Agriculture (AVIPA) project.  Through this project, we […]

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