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Robb Hohmann

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Ensuring Effective Development

Jospeh Ebwalu, and family, beneficiaries of Village Enterprise’s skills building course. Credit: Village Enterprise.

USAID is taking steps to ensure that we are making the most out of our investments in innovative practices, business models and technologies. We’re achieving greater development impacts by integrating pay-for-results approaches.

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What Does ‘Back to School’ Mean for Children in Crisis and Conflict?

Aisha Mohammed, who fled with her family when Boko Haram attacked her village in Northeast Nigeria was able to continue her education through a non-formal learning center funded by USAID. Erick Gibson/Creative Associates International for USAID

While teachers, students and parents prepare for “Back to School,” some 80 million children around the world are out of school because of crisis and conflict. USAID is committed to providing children and youth—including the most vulnerable—access to an education.

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Helping Salvadorans Build a Better Life at Home

Low-cost community outreach centers help reduce crime and violence, a leading cause of illegal migration, by providing youth in high-crime communities a place to learn computer skills or to play a musical instrument, engage in sports activities, or receive tutoring as alternatives to gang involvement. /USAID

USAID is working in El Salvador to tackle the problems driving illegal migration so that Salvadorans can build a better life at home. A secure, prosperous Central America is intrinsically tied to the security, economy and wellbeing of the United States.

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Tanzania’s Young Leaders Bring Innovation to Development Challenges

Participants of the Kijana Wajibika (Youth Be Responsible) consortium, which demands youth accountability and participation in civic issues. /Kijana Wajikia and Restless Development Tanzania

Abella Bateyunga is an example of the dynamic young leaders around the world that USAID is investing in and empowering to be partners in the development of their communities and countries.

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Ebola Aftermath: Restoring Trust in Hospitals in Guinea

Dr. Bakayoko Sekou, director of Dubreka Hospital, takes a group photo with his staff. / Mariama Keita, USAID

Now that the immediate Ebola crisis has passed, USAID is working to strengthen the healthcare system through hospital renovations, medical equipment donations and community engagement.

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The Power of Radio in the Fight for Girls’ Education in Malawi

Girl power in Chipoka, Malawi. /Amber Lucero-Dwyer

Marshall Dyton — inspired by a USAID-supported internship at the Kumakomo Community Radio Station — is using his radio chair as a platform to tackle issues such as child marriage, and cultural barriers which have hindered progress towards education and girls in Malawi.

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Raising Goats (and Confidence) in Uganda

Livestock owner and her family show off their “Milk Queen” goat. / ACDI/VOCA

USAID is empowering women by introducing livestock ownership as a productive, resilience-building activity that ultimately benefits entire communities.

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Cambodia’s Youth Debate Champion Helps Young People Find Their Voice

Linda Eang won first prize in the International Republican Institute’s televised debate series Next Generation in 2014. / IRI

Meet Linda Eang, a young Cambodian woman who won a televised debate competition. Linda recounts her journey from a shy girl to a debate champion and the first woman president of her university student senate.

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Celebrating Women and Girls during Women’s History Month

Since 2000, USAID has constructed nearly 3,000 classrooms and renovated 2,700 more allowing many schools to cut class size and eliminate the need for students to learn in shifts. / Bobby Neptune for USAID

To eliminate poverty and reduce reliance on development dollars, we need to empower women and girls. Gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue—it’s everyone’s issue.

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Partnering to Improve Women’s Lives in Bangladesh

Sukuri waits for fistula surgery at Kumundi Hopital in March, 2014. Locked in a cycle of her husband leaving her to remarry and then returning to her, she hopes for the repair of her fistula and a united family. / Amy Fowler, USAID

On International Women’s Day, USAID recognizes a joint mission with the U.S. Pacific Command to repair devastating childbirth injuries and improve the lives of women in the Asia-Pacific.

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