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The Digital Development Opportunity

Bangladeshi farmer Jalal Kha talks over a mobile phone as he works in his paddy field. / AFP, Farjana K. Godhuly

New technologies have created unprecedented opportunities to end extreme poverty. USAID is proud to endorse a set of guidelines on digital development, the Greentree Principles, to help ensure we’re effectively harnessing digital technology to transform lives.

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Politically Smart Development

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Earlier this month, Tony Blair, Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative, set out the case for politically smart and locally led aid which means identifying and working on reforms that political leaders really care about. By taking this politically realistic approach, we believe aid will be more effective and so will governments in developing countries.

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Water, Food and Extreme Poverty

A farmer ploughs his field in a village in West Bengal, India. The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development is helping harness ideas that have the potential to enable developing world farmers to grow more food with less water, or to make more water available for agriculture.

USAID is harnessing the power of innovation to address one of the most pressing challenges in the developing world — securing water for food. Learn more about the most exciting ideas we’ve received!

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Ask the Celebrity: PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore on International Development Efforts

At the Frontiers in Development forum we had the opportunity to sit down back-stage with PSI Healthy Lives Ambassador and singer Mandy Moore and get her thoughts on international development. Below are our questions and her video answers.  Q:”What would you tell young people that want to get involved in international development?”    Q: As a non-traditional […]

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Faith Communities: The Untapped Resource for Development

Kay Warren is an evangelical leader, author, and founder of the HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church. Elizabeth Styffe is the Director of Global Orphan Care Initiatives of the PEACE Plan at Saddleback Church. Gil Odendaal is the Global Director for the HIV/AIDS initiative at Saddleback Church. Below is an excerpt from their contribution to the Frontiers […]

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Foreign Assistance, Innovation, and Progress

Bill Gates is the chairman of Microsoft, U.S.A. and the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The following in an excerpt of the essay he wrote for USAID’s Frontiers in Development publication.  As I write this, my wife, Melinda, has just returned from a visit to Tanzania with members of a […]

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Pressures on the Plundered Planet

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, spoke earlier today at USAID’s Frontiers in Development Forum, and will speak again tomorrow morning. Below is an excerpt from his contribution to the Frontiers in Development essays. As the world economy grows, it increasingly faces natural constraints. These provide both new opportunities and new risks for the […]

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Six Degrees of Mobile Money in Afghanistan

Gregory Howell is the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure at USAID’s Afghanistan Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. Traditionally, USAID Missions have man­aged development programs by segmenting activities into technical offices such as democracy and governance, economic growth, health, education, and infrastructure. Crossfertilization takes place occasionally, when mutual interests are identified; but meaningful collaboration is rare. The focus […]

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Democracy and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, and Carol Lancaster, Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs spoke today at USAID’s Frontiers in Development Forum. Below is an excerpt from their contribution to the Frontiers in Development essays. Twenty-five years ago, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was a region of despair. Outside of Botswana and Mauritius, democracy […]

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If Development Were Soccer

Children First.  Caption: An orphan herself, Fortune helps other children learn about HIV through the Grassroot Soccer program. Photographer: Heather Quinn

Rakesh Rajani spoke at the Frontiers in Development Forum. Below is his contribution to the Frontiers in Development essays. If there were a prize for global organizations  most tainted with corruption, FIFA, the International Federation of Football (Soccer) Associations, would be a strong contender. For years, its board members are said to have demanded, received, and dished out bribes for purposes such […]

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