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FWD Day Surpasses Goal, Hitting 117 Million Forwards

  The USAID FWD Campaign successfully garnered 117 million forwards of crisis facts on FWD Day, dwarfing the goal of 13.3 million—the number of people currently affected by the crisis in the Horn of Africa.  Celebrities, NGOs, corporations, and the American public joined forces to amplify the message through a host of online channels including […]

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Share Hope by Helping Us Reach 13 Million Forwards

Right now, 13.3 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa, more than the populations of New York and Los Angeles combined.  To help raise awareness, we have dedicated today – Wednesday, November 9th – FWD>Day.  Today, we want to help 13.3 million people forward facts about the crisis to […]

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FWD: USAID’s First-Ever Public Awareness Campaign

Jon Carson is the Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. Originally posted on the White House blog. Right now 13.3 million people are in crisis because of Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa. It is the worst drought in 60 years and the worst famine in 20 […]

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FWD the Facts: New Public Awareness Videos

One month after USAID announced the FWD (famine, war, and drought) public awareness campaign at the Social Good summit, we are officially launching the campaign across the country though celebrity public service announcements (PSAs) developed with the Ad Council. You will likely start seeing these PSAs on television, but we wanted you to see one […]

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Avoiding Future Famines: We Have the Tools

The Horn of Africa is facing the worst drought in 60 years, with famine now affecting parts of Somalia. It doesn’t have to be this way. Droughts are cyclical and will continue to occur. They don’t have to lead to famine. We have the tools and can lead the way to helping ensure communities are […]

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FWD the Facts on Facebook

Two weeks ago, USAID and the Ad Council launched the FWD campaign to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in East Africa.  The campaign name stands for Famine, War, and Drought – because of the tragic and rare convergence of these three factors that are all currently affecting this region. Today we are making it […]

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The Horn of Africa’s Last Famine?

Guest blogger Sam Dryden is the Director of Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  This post was originally published as an op-ed in the September 15, 2011 edition of The Globe and Mail. For more information on the crisis in the Horn of Africa and how to get involved in the relief […]

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FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa

As many of you know, the worst drought in 60 years has devastated communities throughout the Horn of Africa, leaving more than 13 million people in a state of crisis—greater than the population of Los Angeles and New York combined. In Somalia—where twenty years of war and violence has limited humanitarian access and destroyed the country’s […]

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Horn of Africa Update

Each week USAID produces a fact sheet with updates on the drought in the Horn of Africa.  These fact sheets provide background information about the crisis, key recent developments, data on U.S. humanitarian assistance to the region, and public donation information. We’ll now be featuring the key developments of the week on our blog as well.   […]

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On World Humanitarian Day, 100 Ways You Can Help Victims of the East Africa Drought

Today is World Humanitarian Day.  Reaching out to those suffering from crisis and disaster is a fundamental human impulse and a deeply enshrined American value.  It is a value we share with people around the globe.  It is the silver lining of any crisis, when the best of who we are as people emerges just […]

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