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Archives for 2015

The Heart of Progress: Transformation in Africa

A community solution provider in rural Senegal, Hapsatou Kah is giving her community access to better health and nutrition. / Morgana Wingard, USAID

This week, President Obama travels to Africa to see how U.S. development efforts have helped transform communities. USAID helped deliver this change, but our results aren’t just numbers. The people behind our work–more than any statistic–reflect the meaning of our progress.

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First Time Loans Give Grassroots Farmers a Chance to Grow

Carlos Sigue, an agribusiness owner in Mozambique, with his 15-hectare plot where he grows several vegetables, including potatoes, cabbage, and cucumbers. / Scott Haller, USAID

USAID Mozambique and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are helping to get needed funds into the hands of entrepreneurs so they can grow their businesses.

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Healing Plants to Feed a Nation

Miriam Otipa was the first women in her village in Kenya to earn a science degree. She wanted to do more to ease farmers’ suffering and is now providing solutions to plant diseases.

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3 Myths About Women and Violent Extremism

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group campaigning for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists march to meet with the Nigerian president in Abuja, on July 8. / Philip Ojisua, AFP

When it comes to terrorism, think women are just victims? Think again. USAID is dispelling this and other common myths and getting to the real story.

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Sustainable Finance Key to Health Equity

A newborn in Nigeria. USAID is intensifying efforts to develop, test and scale up simple, low-cost approaches to preventing newborn deaths in lower-income countries. / Amy Fowler, USAID

Shouldn’t a baby in Ethiopia and a baby in the U.S. have the same opportunity to be born safely? The Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child aims to bring an end to preventable maternal, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.

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Keeping Up with the Times: Local Media Outlets Help Georgia Move Into the Digital Information Age

To help media in Georgia stay ahead of changing trends and technology, the USAID supported New Media Initiative is working with media organizations like the Information Center of Kakheti to build TV studios for streaming news programming online. / Photo by Gela Mtivlishvili

Journalists in Georgia are telling stories that are more dynamic, relevant and accessible to audiences with the support of multimedia training through the USAID’s New Media Initiative (NMI).

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Leadership at USAID Q&A: Susan Markham Shares Why Gender Equality Matters

As USAID’s senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment, Susan advocates for the inclusion of issues affecting women and families into development work. A women and her children prepare food for dinner in the Aldoosh Village in Yemen with food provided through a USAID program. / Mercy Corps

In this Impact Blog series, we talk with leaders at USAID to learn about the work they are doing and why it matters – both for the Agency and for the development community as a whole.

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The Power of Africa: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Watts

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a schoolgirl is introduced to Little Sun – her first solar-powered light – and the concept that she can hold power in the palm of her hand. / Merklit Mersha

What does energy innovation look like? Just glimpse at the more than 60 snapshots submitted for the inaugural Power Africa photo contest to see how President Obama’s call to double access to power across sub-Saharan Africa is turning the lights of opportunity on.

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It’s Clear: Transparency Works

Transparency has real impact on our efforts to end extreme poverty and build resilient, democratic societies. Quality, timely information about development cooperation helps everyone — governments, civil society organizations, private citizens and donors — to manage and monitor aid resources more effectively and ensure mutual accountability. USAID is leading the U.S. Government’s effort to enhance […]

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Q&A: How Technology is Transforming Ebola Response Efforts

Eric King holds up a handprint to echo the wall of handprints from Ebola survivors at the Bong County Treatment Unit in Liberia. Eric King worked to coordinate the flow of data for the international humanitarian response in Liberia for two months last Winter. / Ellie Van Houtte, USAID

Eric King shares how digital technologies and data tools are shaping the Ebola response in West Africa.

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