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New Teaching Methods and Resources Transform Indonesian School

The facilities were impeccable, the students were learning from enthusiastic teachers, and the school had the strong support of parents and its surrounding community.  This is not a school in the United States, but rather the school I’m describing is the Sedati Gede 2 primary school, located in Sidoarjo district in the Indonesian province of […]

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USAID Helps Timor-Leste Usher In a New Era in Land Rights

You can’t go too fast on the narrow and winding road to Manatutu, about two and a half hours east of Dili.  It is a magnificent road, at times taking you up the side of a hill, at times right by the beach.  The views all along the way are astounding:  the clear, azure waters […]

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New Partnership with Islamic Bank Marks Step Forward for Indonesian Women and USAID

Eid Saeed! This week Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. And low-income women in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, have another reason to celebrate. As a result of a new USAID loan guarantee signed on August 23, they […]

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Partnering with Diaspora Groups for Asia’s Development

Asia is a dynamic region experiencing impressive but uneven growth while still grappling with the challenges of improved governance and sustainability.  It is a region of opportunity and innovation where governments, civil society, and the private sector are increasingly partnering with international donors to tackle development challenges. And no one is better aware of the […]

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Across Asia, Reaching out a Hand in Support of Development

Crossposted from the White House Blog In 1954, South Korea was still reeling from the devastation of the Korean War.  Its economy was poorer than 2/3 of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and its people had an average life expectancy of 54 years. In that same year, the International Cooperation Association—USAID’s precursor—developed a partnership between […]

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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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When Lights Come Back on, New Asia Training Center Glows Green

USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia Nisha Desai Biswal and RDMA Mission Director Olivier Carduner cut the ribbon at the introduction ceremony for the new joint USAID-State Asia Regional Training Center, or ARTC, in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Nipattra Sanguannuan/USAID

USAID Asia “walks the walk” as a green leader. Read more >>

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Supporting a Sustainable Economy in Northern Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, USAID is supporting activities that increase economic opportunities, enhance respect for human rights, strengthen rule of law, improve responsive governance, and foster political reconciliation.  In recent years Sri Lanka has gone through major transitions. More than two decades of fighting prevented Sri Lanka from reaching its potential. The goal of this work […]

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Long-Term Investments to Bring Real-Life Improvements to People of Pakistan

During Dr. Raj Shah’s whirlwind two-day visit to Pakistan with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the ongoing Strategic Dialogue between the two countries, the U.S. announced more than $500 million in new development assistance for Pakistan.  The new projects include the completion of two hydroelectric dams in South Waziristan and Gilgit-Baltistan that will supply more […]

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