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Awarding Property Titles to Longtime Land Holders

I’ve long known that land titles mean empowerment for urban and rural poor, especially women, in developing countries.  Indeed, a paragraph in my “stump speech” notes that if women farmers could use their land as collateral to gain access to credit at the same rate as men, there would be a 30 percent increase in […]

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Picture of the Week: Deputy Administrator Steinberg Visits Asia

As part of a three country trip to Asia, USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg attended the Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, participating in the Development Partners Session.  In the Philippines, he visited several USAID programs, including the launch of the Partnership for Growth Cities Development Initiative, the issuance of land titles to several Batangas residents, and the signing […]

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New Facility Ensures Better Health for Filipino Children

One of the leading causes of illness in the Philippines is diarrhea.  It kills more than 27 Filipino children under 5 each day, and poor sanitation costs the Philippine economy nearly $2 billion each year.  I was reminded of these staggering figures as I journeyed six hours north of Manila to San Fernando City, La […]

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Disaster Risk Reduction – Key Investments for the Future

Kasey Channell is Acting Director of the Disaster Response and Mitigation Division of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Benjamin Franklin is famous for the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Today, we are faced with great challenges brought about by increasing population and urbanization, a changing climate, […]

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Meeting Needs and Supporting Disaster Management in the Philippines

The people of the Philippines have been hit hard by Tropical Storm Washi (known locally as Sendong.) Heavy rains, storm surges, flash flooding, and landslides have rocked communities on the island of Mindanao, with 1,249 people reported dead as of December 27, nearly 55,000 still in evacuation centers, and hundreds of thousands affected. USAID responded […]

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A Personal Thanks to Filipino Americans from USAID/Philippines

To the more than 80 Filipino Americans from the metro Washington, D.C., area and beyond who came to speak with me on Friday, August 19, thank you for doing so much to help our kababayan (our fellow Filipinos).  It was a pleasure to hear about your efforts as dedicated Filipino American leaders and activists from […]

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From the Field

In Benin, we will hold a workshop on the Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP). USAID/Africa is undertaking a best practices review of the Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP), which has provided scholarships to more than 550,000 primary and secondary school students, predominately girls, since 2002 under the African Education Initiative (AEI). In the Ukraine, we […]

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Moving Forward: Development in Conflict-Affected Mindanao

I recently returned from a 10-day trip to the Philippines where I had the opportunity to visit a number of USAID-assisted projects in Mindanao.  The second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao is graced with stunning natural beauty—towering mountains and verdant plateaus—but is also the location of a protracted conflict that has held back the […]

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From the Field

Updates from USAID Missions abroad. Read more >>

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In the News

USAID in the news during week of December 27, 2010. Read more >>

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