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The USAID Impact blog frequently features posts by guest authors.

Harmful Child Labor Is Everyone’s Business


“Rose,” 16, never expected to end up living in the streets of Abidjan, sleeping nights under a table in the marketplace and having to sell sex for survival. She left her village in rural Côte d’Ivoire for a promise to live with her aunt in the city to attend school and perform domestic chores. Things […]

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Could Sri Lanka’s 2015 Elections Signal a New Era of Democracy?

Sri Lankans line up to cast their vote during the country’s presidential election in January 2015. / USAID

Twice in the last year, Sri Lankans went to the polls to demand dramatic political changes in their government. The elections have changed the political landscape and culture in Sri Lanka.

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A New Leader for the U.S. Global Development Lab


Ann Mei Chang’s arrival gives us the opportunity to both reflect on where the Lab has come over the past eight months, and the confidence to know that the best is yet to come.

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New Promise for a Greener, More Productive Future in Indonesia


Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and four of the world’s biggest palm oil companies announced a zero-deforestation palm oil pledge at the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 in New York. The U.S. supports this historic announcement and will stand with Indonesia as the country pursues a future of cleaner, more sustainable growth.

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The Power of the Classroom

Girl students at Shalom Community School, Lusaka, Zambia

Girls in many parts of Africa face extraordinary obstacles to get an education. However, Senior Gender Coordinator for USAID, Susan Markham, explains the almost immeasurable value that such an opportunity can provide.

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An Everyday Movement


Just as the World Cup is capturing the world’s attention in Brazil, Special Olympics uses sport to capture the imagination and empower the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Mobilizing ‘Makers’ for a Better World


USAID is challenging Makers around the world to create sensor technologies that can improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Ending Child Labor


An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has had unprecedented success. At USAID, we have learned what programs are effective, and what more needs to be done to end child labor.

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Mapping Change in the Amazon: How Satellite Images are Halting Deforestation


In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation.

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Engaging China on Global Development


China and the U.S. begin a global development dialogue. What’s high on the agenda? Tackling Extreme Poverty and development cooperation.

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