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From Hyogo to Sendai: A New Action Plan for Resilience

USAID’s resilience programs in the Sahel are helping pastoralists to diversify their livelihoods so that they are not solely reliant on the land and are better prepared to cope with dry seasons. Sahra Osman Ibrahim received a loan to open up a shop through the USAID-supported Somali Microfinance Share Company. / USAID Ethiopia.

Building resilience, promoting local solutions, and fostering inclusion will be critical to achieving success in the newly adopted Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Water for the World: Making Every Gallon Count

The IUWASH project focuses on providing water, sanitation and hygiene for the urban poor in Indonesia. / USAID/IUWASH

The impact of water on all aspects of life is undeniable, especially for people living in extreme poverty. Learn how USAID’s efforts to save lives through sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene got a big boost this past year.

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USAID Takes to the High Seas to Bring Reinforcements to Guinea’s Ebola Fight

In the war against Ebola, health care workers on the front lines need more than personal protective equipment and training to keep safe. / Morgana Wingard, USAID

USAID is making sure tons of HTH — a highly volatile chemical — are transported to Guinea safely to help health care workers fighting Ebola keep spaces sanitized.

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The Urgency of Education in South Sudan

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Child abduction and forced recruitment as soldiers is threatening the safety and hopes of children in South Sudan. The country’s future is at stake.

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From Kenya to Kabul: Women as Decision-Makers, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders

Female participation in the 2014 Afghan elections was unprecedented in scale, with women voters accounting for 38 percent of total turnout according to government counts. / USAID/Afghanistan

My name is Joanne Lewa, and I am from Kenya. Since beginning a temporary work assignment with USAID in Afghanistan six months ago, the achievements of my Afghan sisters and the support from their brothers, sons, fathers and husbands have left the greatest impression on me.

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New tools for LGBTI-inclusive development

Staff from the U.S. Embassy in Prague marched in support of Prague Pride in August 2014 / Embassy of the United States, Czech Republic

USAID has published a new toolkit to help development professionals better integrate LGBT people into programming. The toolkit is based on examples of programs and case studies from the Europe and Eurasia region.

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One Team, One Mission. USAID Employees Share Their Stories on Agency Transformation

USAID employees reflect on their experiences working with the Agency. / Morgana Wingard, USAID

An online book released on Administrator Shah’s last day draws from more than 80 interviews with USAID staff members around the world.

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Building the Bridges of the New Silk Road

In Tajikistan, about half of all Tajik rural households do not have access to safe, potable water. USAID helps turn water from a source of conflict to a source of cooperation. / USAID

What would it take to reconnect Central and South Asia along a New Silk Road? Explore USAID’s efforts to link Central and South Asia, and how these efforts are building a more secure, stable and prosperous future for the entire region.

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In National Security Strategy, Key Role for Development

Fazal Wahid, 66, a bee farmer in Pakistan’s turbulent SWAT region is now able to sustain his family because of assistance from a USAID program. The economy in Pakistan’s Swat Region was devastated by militants and devastating floods. / USAID, Pakistan

Today the White House unveiled its 2015 National Security Strategy which elevates USAID’s work as central to America’s interests. It makes a clear case that the United States is safer and stronger when fewer people live in extreme poverty, when civil society flourishes and when governments are accountable to their people.

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Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines

Inside the cargo hold, thousands of sets of protective equipment (PPE) to protect Ebola health care workers. As of January 2015, the U.S. has transported more than 400 metric tons of medical and disaster supplies to West Africa. / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Transporting vital supplies and critical commodities quickly to the epicenter of an international disaster is what USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance does every day. However, the Ebola response has proved especially challenging for USAID’s disaster experts.

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