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Ensuring LGBTI People Have Right to Vote in Guatemala

In January, two researchers traveled to Guatemala to identify barriers the trans community faces in being able to participate in elections. / Aden Tedla

This year, Guatemala will be electing a new president. USAID is working to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are empowered with the right to participate and vote.

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Growing Children, Trees and Science: The Work Towards an AIDS Vaccine

HIV's outer-envelope proteins penetrate and infect host T-Cells; this illustration shows areas where antibodies can bind to and block the virus / Evan Oto / Science Source

In 1999, a tree was planted in Baltimore with the hopes that, by the time it had grown, the world would have an AIDS vaccine. While we’re not there yet, the tree is a reminder of our ever growing efforts to find a solution, efforts that USAID is dedicated to and optimistic about.

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Community Empowerment in Guatemala Through Improved Literacy

Andrés Ixcuná Mateo, a community volunteer with the Leer Juntos, Aprender Juntos project, helps children learn to read in San Andrés Sajcabajá, Guatemala. / Save the Children

A young man in Guatemala who twice tried to cross the border illegally into the United States reflects on his renewed hope for his hometown, a transformation he underwent while volunteering to help local children learn to read in their native tongue.

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Riding the Growth Bubble in an Increasingly Urban World

Shanties hug the water in Manila’s slums. / United Nations University in Bonn

In 20 years, the number of people living in urban areas will increase by about 1.4 billion. In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit, urban experts are discussing a key issue: how to incorporate rapid urban growth into humanitarian assistance.

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Media’s Multiple Roles in Democracy and Development

A man in Myanmar reads a newspaper on the street. / Kim Nguyen van Zoen, Internews

Sunday is World Press Freedom Day, which prompts us to reflect on the vital role that journalists and media play in our daily lives. USAID recognizes this critical role, supporting freer and better-established media in over 30 countries.

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Aid Pushed to the Forefront of U.S. Foreign Policy

USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt delivers remarks at the briefing on the 2015 QDDR at the State Department. / Robb Hohmann, USAID

The State Department and USAID released the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a blueprint for advancing America’s interests in global security, inclusive economic growth, climate change, accountable governance and freedom for all.

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USAID Arrives in Nepal, Earthquake Response Efforts Begin

A member of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team -- from Fairfax County’s urban search-and-rescue team -- works with a canine to search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Bhaktapur, Nepal. / Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

After Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday, USAID sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to coordinate the U.S. response efforts to deliver life-saving aid to those in need.

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Vaccinating Each Child to Build a Village

Esther Das, an auxiliary nurse midwife, reviews the “My Village My Home” tool with community members in a village in Eastern India. / MCHIP

The “My Village My Home” tool helps community members and health workers increase the number of children who are vaccinated. World Immunization Week calls attention to the need for efforts like these to protect children from preventable diseases.

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5 Memorable Moments from Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day

Celebrity musical guests at last weekend’s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day included Train frontman Pat Monahan. / Ellie Van Houtte, USAID

More than 250,000 people attended Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day last weekend in Washington, D.C. Check out memorable quotes and photos from the event to inspire action to fight climate change and poverty on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

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Rebuilding Liberia As Ebola Cases Decline

Orphaned by the Ebola crisis, a young girl carries freshly harvested crops to the home of Harriet B. Quenisseeir. Harriet and her husband have welcomed 35 youth--most orphaned by Ebola--into their home. USAID is using food distributions to help ensure that all 35 are fed, happy and healthy. / Adam Parr, USAID

Liberia was hit hard by Ebola. But as the number of Ebola cases gets close to zero, new stories, signs of hope and efforts to rebuild are emerging. USAID is committed to supporting a full Liberian recovery–this is what that commitment looks like.

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