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5 Things USAID’s Land Office Has Learned about Impact Evaluations

Laida Phiri proudly displays her customary land certificate on her parcel of land in eastern Zambia. USAID is conducting a randomized control trial impact evaluation to measure the effect of securing property rights on the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices. / Jeremy Green, The Cloudburst Group

USAID is committed to building the evidence base on what works through impact evaluations. While impact evaluations require a lot of work from a variety of stakeholders, the payoff in terms of improved programming can start at the baseline.

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Using Mobile Phones to Alert Households Waiting for ‘NextDrop’ of Water

Emily Kumpel, representing the NextDrop team, accepts an award in 2011 to scale up the team’s pilot study in Hubli-Dharwad. / Big Ideas Contest

Unreliable water supply is a serious impediment to health and economic development. Across the globe, 400 million people rely on unreliable water systems, and 250 million of them live in India. Learn how one organization is working to help.

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Improving Microenterprise through Open Data

Colombians make panela, a form of sugar typical in Latin American countries and a source of income for many Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups. / David Osorio, ACDI/VOCA

A collaboration between two data-focused groups at USAID has resulted in an interactive map of microenterprise activity that will lead to better informed policy decisions.

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Saving Lives Today, Saving Costs Tomorrow: Why USAID Invests in Immunization

A young boy receives an oral polio vaccine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The incidence of polio has fallen by more than 99 percent over the past three decades. / Kendra Helmer, USAID

Investing in vaccines is a best buy in global health — for every dollar invested, $16 in health care costs is averted. As the global community celebrates World Immunization Week, Katie Taylor describes why USAID invests in sustained and sustainable immunization systems.

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Building Back Together: Nepal, One Year Later

USAID recovery and reconstruction projects, like Baliyo Ghar, train construction professionals and homeowners on how to build back safer using local materials and earthquake-resistant best practices. / Laxman Shrestha for USAID/Nepal

A year ago today, a devastating 7.8 earthquake took 9,000 lives and injured 25,000 people. As we put the past year behind us, Mission Director Peter Malnak takes a look back at what USAID helped accomplish together with the people of Nepal.

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The Real Heroes Behind USAID’s Nepal Earthquake Response

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One year ago, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing 9,000 people and destroying 605,000 houses. Within hours, USAID deployed a DART with urban search-and-rescue experts to help save lives. Our DART leader talks about the unsung heroes of the response.

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As the World Focuses on Zika, Malaria Continues its Deadly Toll

Nurse Agnes Nambuya gives Christine sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine drugs to prevent malaria in pregnancy. / Allan Gichigi, MCSP

What disease comes to mind when you hear the word mosquito? Probably, the Zika virus. However, don’t forget a more prevalent and deadly mosquito-borne disease — malaria.

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Building Opportunities for Out-of-School Youth in Jordan

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USAID launches a program in Jordan to expand non-formal education to 28 new school-based centers. The effort aims to enhance the prospects of vulnerable, out-of-school youth, both Jordanian and Syrian.

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USAID Continues to Deliver on Aid Transparency

An Afghan pupil reads a poem to her classmates at a girls school in Kabul on September 20, 2010. The Taliban banned female education and work during their brutal 1996-2001 rule. Since their overthrow in a US-led invasion, millions of girls have returned to the classroom and many women now work outside the home. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ

USAID is committed to aid transparency and is making great strides in complying with the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

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Equipping Health Workers to Achieve an AIDS-free Generation

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As we celebrate World Health Worker Week, we recognize the tireless efforts of facility- and community-based health workers to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we advocate that the international community continue to invest in them.

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