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Rudy Gharib

Rudy is the Division Chief for Strategic Communications for the US Agency for International Development (@USAID). In this role she leads the agency's media campaigns, strategic planning, and online engagement, while serving as an advisor for overall strategic communications and public affairs. Previously, Rudy managed outreach and communications for USAID/Middle East where she helped communicate U.S. foreign assistance in post-revolutionary and developing countries in the Middle East.

Equal Futures Partnership Advances Global Women’s Opportunities

I am excited to have just returned from the kick-off of the Equal Futures Partnership to expand women’s opportunities around the world. The event was held in New York City and part of a number of events USAID is participating in during the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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‘Reaching the Moon’ in Global Health

As the U.N. General Assembly opens, we are in the midst of a global health revolution. Our collective work has delivered extraordinary results – a 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, a 41 percent reduction since 1990 alone. Read more>>

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USAID Book Club: A Farewell to Alms

As part of USAID’s Fall Semester, we will host an online book club for our readers this fall. The Impact Blog will post reading suggestions from our senior experts at USAID to suggest a book on important issues in international development. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: Secretary Clinton visits Malawi

Secretary of State Clinton visits farmers at Malawi’s Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group. Dressed in locally produced “chitenge”, she joined the farmers in a dance to celebrate successful growth in the dairy sector. Chitenge are highly valued cultural depictions of special events in Malawi. During her visit, the Secretary noted that with U.S. support, Malawi’s dairy sector has grown, […]

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Progress, Promise, and Peril: A Generation of Change for Civil Society in Europe and Eurasia

This week, I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion about progress, promise, and peril debating a generation of change for civil society in Europe & Eurasia. We were fortunate to be joined in Washington DC by prolific leaders: Doug Rutzen, President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; Nadia Diuk, Vice President […]

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Title IX creates Opportunities for Women in Sports and Development

When Title IX was enacted, I was just six years old and had no idea how this one piece of legislation ensuring equal rights for women in sport and education would impact me and millions of girls over the next four decades. Having equal access to participate in athletics did far more than just pay […]

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Strategic Help for Global Health Care

This post originally appeared in Politico.  People often ask me what the global health community can do to have more impact. The answer is easy: We could be more like Tsion Berhanu. I met Berhanu the last time I visited Ethiopia. My colleagues and I drove to the end of the road, then kept going […]

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