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Sustainable Assistance for Afghanistan

In Afghanistan a few weeks ago, I encountered two programs that are emblematic of the challenges and triumphs of civilian assistance efforts in Afghanistan. Read more >>

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Facebook Activism Inspires West Bank Youth

Youth in the West Bank town of Burqa are using Facebook to motivate a new generation of civic activism for the health of the community. Ameena Abu Odeh, a 17-year-old from the West Bank town of Burqa, is a typical teenager. An avid ‘Facebooker,’ she was surprised to see a flurry of health activism related […]

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Meeting with Somali-Americans About the Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Nancy Lindborg is USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. The face of famine is painfully personal for members of the Somali American communities in Columbus, OH and Minneapolis, MN. Yesterday, I led a community roundtable in each city, home to the two largest Somali diaspora communities in the United […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (7/23/2011 – 7/29/2011) July 23 Voice of America reports that recent findings in a HIV/AIDS study found that taking HIV medication orally once a day was highly effective in preventing HIV in heterosexual men and women in Botswana, Kenya, and Uganda. USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah noted that the next step in the […]

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Saving Lives Across Nepal: Female Community Health Volunteers

Taking a health sector initiative “to scale” and making it sustainable is a challenging development goal. Ambitious, but achievable. In Nepal, the Ministry of Health and Population has succeeded in bringing maternal and child health information and health services to every community in the country. This, in spite of the fact that the majority of […]

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Release of the 2011 VolAg Report

By Elvira Felix, USAID Office of Development Partners Partnerships are a central component of USAID’s business model for international development, and enable USAID to increase its reach and effectiveness to meet its strategic development objectives. Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) are key partners in the implementation of USAID programs.  In the past year, U.S. PVOs received […]

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USAID’s Frontlines – June/July 2011

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines for these stories focusing on the Agency’s work in Science and Technology and Climate Change: The United States is helping developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve their resilience to the effects of climate change Warns Vermont’s Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy: “We are facing a […]

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Recognizing the 50th Anniversary

Last September USAID staff members decided to put up a 50th anniversary banner outside the building.  We talked excitedly about size, shape, colors, style, and placement.  We were kids again, planning what we thought would be an easy deliverable to honor 50 years of service around the world.  Ten months later we watched excitedly, emotionally, […]

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Innovation at USAID

Innovation is critical to the future of USAID, and our ability to reach development goals effectively.  The first-ever Global Development Policy calls on USAID to, “increase our investments and engagement in development-focused innovation by seeking and scaling up potential game-changing development technologies.”  As the term innovation becomes more common in the international and American dialogue, […]

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Mapping for Informed Decision Making in Rwanda

Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) have long been used in Rwanda for sectors such as agriculture and economic growth. The need for these innovative tools and skills, however, are just now being recognized in other fields, including health. As a monitoring and evaluation expert, I have seen how useful geography and maps can be […]

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