Weekly Briefing (1/23/2012 – 1/27/2012)

January 25: The Guardian wrote an article highlighting faith based organizations role in providing relief in the Horn of Africa. Zeenat Rahman, Acting Director of USAID’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, stated that, “When Christian, Muslim and Jewish NGOs work together on an issue like feeding the hungry, their collective quest toward a common good can cut across their traditions when they meet others of differing theologies who are doing the same thing.”

January 26: The Financial Times (registration required) published a story previewing the upcoming launch of USAID’s Youth in Development policy, which will focus on engaging young adults in developing countries. While USAID has long provided assistance in youth programs, this new policy will specifically concentrate on utilizing technology to connect and empower people to become leaders in shaping their communities and economies.