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Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Originally published in the Huffington Post. It is the lean season in the Sahel, a spine of arid and dry lands that runs from Senegal to Chad in western Africa, and once again we are seeing the devastating images of children gaunt with hunger. This is a region that faces high childhood malnutrition and underdevelopment […]

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Share Hope by Helping Us Reach 13 Million Forwards

Right now, 13.3 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa, more than the populations of New York and Los Angeles combined.  To help raise awareness, we have dedicated today – Wednesday, November 9th – FWD>Day.  Today, we want to help 13.3 million people forward facts about the crisis to […]

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FWD the Facts: New Public Awareness Videos

One month after USAID announced the FWD (famine, war, and drought) public awareness campaign at the Social Good summit, we are officially launching the campaign across the country though celebrity public service announcements (PSAs) developed with the Ad Council. You will likely start seeing these PSAs on television, but we wanted you to see one […]

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FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa

As many of you know, the worst drought in 60 years has devastated communities throughout the Horn of Africa, leaving more than 13 million people in a state of crisis—greater than the population of Los Angeles and New York combined. In Somalia—where twenty years of war and violence has limited humanitarian access and destroyed the country’s […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (8/22/2011 – 8/26/2011) August 23: In an op-ed published in The Huffington Post, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah highlighted the recent DevelopmentXChange event, which brought together 77 grant finalists to share their innovative ideas to discover the next breakthrough in maternal and infant health. The event was part of Saving Lives at Birth: […]

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From Emergency Aid to Economic Empowerment

Last week, I traveled with four of my USAID colleagues to a drought-stricken area of Ethiopia as part of a larger visit to the Horn of Africa region. The worst drought the region has seen in 60 years has put more than 12.4 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Ethiopia in need of urgent […]

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On World Humanitarian Day, 100 Ways You Can Help Victims of the East Africa Drought

Today is World Humanitarian Day.  Reaching out to those suffering from crisis and disaster is a fundamental human impulse and a deeply enshrined American value.  It is a value we share with people around the globe.  It is the silver lining of any crisis, when the best of who we are as people emerges just […]

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Horn of Africa Drought: Immediate Crisis Requires Long-Term Solutions

Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security In the eastern Horn of Africa, a massive drought has left over 11 million people vulnerable to severe food insecurity and in need of emergency assistance. USAID is working with the international community to ensure that critical assistance is mobilized to support those in need. […]

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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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