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An Appeal for More Support for Youth Civic Engagement

In Nicaragua, partner organizations bring together hundreds of youth every year to foster democratic values and provide them with leadership skills. / Bartolomé Ibarra, National Democratic Institute

This year, International Youth Day notes the importance of ensuring youth have a role in critical public policy decision-making processes within their communities and nations.

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Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health

Youth face unique economic and social barriers to receiving family planning services, limiting their ability to make healthy choices about their reproductive health. USAID is committed to making youth’s aspirations a reality by expanding access to these services. / Neil Brandvold, USAID

Advancing youth’s access and understanding of family planning is not a “be all and end all” solution to poverty, inequity and poor health, but it’s critical to ensuring that all young people are able to lead healthy, dignified and fulfilling lives.

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Championing Rights of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

K´iche´maya women in Guatemala show their inked fingers after voting. / Maureen Taft-Morales, USAID

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, USAID celebrates the achievements and commemorates the struggles of indigenous groups across the globe.

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Equipping Africa to Support Its Own Development

This Ethiopian man and a crew of three others pick up milk twice a day thanks to a USAID livestock development project, part of Feed the Future, that focuses on fostering growth and reducing poverty through improving the productivity and competitiveness of Ethiopia’s livestock value chains. / USAID

The global development community is coming together to make several big decisions on how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. One way to do this is through domestic resource mobilization, or helping countries better fund their own development.

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Solar Lamps Shed Light in Rural Communities

Lucy Sakuda, 47, uses her M-KOPA solar powered light in her home in Olorien, Kenya to cook at night. Before buying a solar panel, the nearest power source was 15 miles away. She has saved so much from not having to buy kerosene that she was able to get new furniture. / Morgana Wingard

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative aims to help private sector partners realize their potential in scaling affordable energy access to remote communities who live beyond the grid–a key ingredient for spurring economic growth.

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Shrinking the Malaria Map

The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project protects millions of people in Africa from malaria by spraying insecticide on walls and ceilings to kill mosquitoes that transmit the disease. With PMI’s support, more than 18 million in Africa people have been protected through indoor residual spraying. / Jessica Scranton

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is working to eradicate malaria, a completely preventable and treatable disease. For World Malaria Day, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Adm. Ziemer talks about PMI’s successes and what still needs to be done.

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Slam Dunk: Empowering African Women Through Sports

Astou Ndiaye shows off her ball-handling skills at last year’s launch of Live, Learn, and Play, a partnership between USAID and the National Basketball Association. / Zack Taylor, USAID

Astou Ndiaye came from humble beginnings to the world of basketball, from living with 20
siblings in her native Senegal to making a name for herself in the WNBA. In the process, she became strong, confident and dedicated–she now hopes USAID sports programs can help youth achieve the same.

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Key Populations Essential to Realize AIDS-Free Generation

India World AIDS Day 2008 / AFP/Narinder Nanu/Getty Images

The vision for the next phase of PEPFAR is partnering to deliver an AIDS-free generation with sustainable results. However, a sustainable response to this epidemic requires intensified action to address major ongoing challenges such as health care financing, health systems and new technologies for treatment and prevention.

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Standing with Liberia to Reverse Ebola’s ‘Spillover’ Effects

Washing is a vital part of the operation of the Ebola Treatment Unit at Island Clinic in Monrovia. All scrubs worn under PPEs and shoes must be washed thoroughly in chlorine water and then with soap. / Morgana Wingard

Ebola threatens not only lives, but livelihoods. If it is not contained, it could reverse years of development progress for the affected countries. That’s why the United States, along with our international partners, is stepping up to this challenge.

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A Grand Challenge to Help Health Care Workers Fight Ebola

Health care workers put on Personal protective equipment (PPE) before going into the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept 22 2014. / Morgana Wingard, USAID

Today, West Africa faces the largest Ebola epidemic in history. A new Grand Challenge for Development is calling on innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to design better protective solutions for the health care workers leading the battle against Ebola from the front lines.

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