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Bracing for El Niño: How USAID is Helping Countries Prepare and Respond

El Niño is expected to deliver a wet wallop to some parts of the world, triggering more tropical storms, monsoon rains, flooding and landslides. / Ye Aung Thu, AFP

This year’s El Niño is predicted to trigger floods, drought and fires and affect the path and number of tropical cyclones. Today on International Day of Disaster Reduction, USAID highlights the work we’re doing with partners to reduce the risks of natural disasters.

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Beyond News and Numbers: Who are Refugees?

Children play in the streets of the Hittein Refugee Camp in Zarqa, Jordan. / USAID Jordan

On the occasion of World Refugee Day we honor the strength and resilience of the more than 60 million people around the world who have fled war, persecution, and human rights abuses.

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From Hyogo to Sendai: A New Action Plan for Resilience

USAID’s resilience programs in the Sahel are helping pastoralists to diversify their livelihoods so that they are not solely reliant on the land and are better prepared to cope with dry seasons. Sahra Osman Ibrahim received a loan to open up a shop through the USAID-supported Somali Microfinance Share Company. / USAID Ethiopia.

Building resilience, promoting local solutions, and fostering inclusion will be critical to achieving success in the newly adopted Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction.

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How 3D Printing Can Help Save Lives

Don’t let its humble looks fool you – this 3D-printed weather station will help developing countries forecast weather-related disasters and save lives. / Kelly Sponberg, NOAA

Disaster risk reduction has found an unusual ally – 3D printers. Using 3D printing, USAID and NOAA are working to bring affordable weather stations to developing countries so that they can predict and prepare for the weather.

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New Steps in Disaster Risk Reduction

In 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, destroying entire towns across the country. Thanks to disaster risk reduction and preparedness efforts, when Super Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines just a year later, damage was minimal. / Chuck Setchell, USAID

From March 14 to 18, USAID staff will join thousands at the Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan to discuss the best ways to reduce the catastrophic toll of disasters.

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Hunger Season Has Arrived: So What are We Doing?


Hunger season has arrived in the Sahel region of West Africa, where millions of people are at risk of not having enough to eat. This year, USAID is tackling the hunger season head on. Here are five ways we are helping to improve food security, save lives and boost resilience.

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Battling Climate Change’s Most Powerful Punches

A common sight in Vunisinu and Nalase villages in Fiji—worn out concrete stilts as a result of flooding in the villages

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry describes climate change as “the greatest challenge of our generation.” In the Pacific Islands, USAID is working with communities to come up with the most effective solutions to climate change.

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Improving Nutrition, Building Resilience for Families, Societies

Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Feed the Future is helping increase opportunities for smallholder farmers like Alice Monigo in Uganda by providing trainings for women. /CNFA

Improving nutrition is one of the best investments we can make in development. For the past year, humanitarian, development and health experts from across USAID worked to craft a new approach to nutrition, aimed at increasing food security, reducing malnutrition and building resilience among vulnerable populations like those in the Sahel.

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USAID and INGOs – Traveling a New Path Together

The landscape of international development, and the architecture of aid that has traditionally underpinned it, have shifted significantly over the last decade. In 2012, official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD comprised less than 10 percent of the international resource flows into developing countries. Development has become […]

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USAID Remains Focused on Typhoon Response in the Philippines

[caption id="attachment_26240" align="alignright" width="240"] Deputy Assistant Administrator Greg Beck discussing continuous Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief operations with a DSWD representative Photo credit: USAID.[/caption]

We are now beginning our pivot to the early recovery stage and we will continue to focus on some critical areas. Transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units will be very important focus areas for us over the next three to 12 months.

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