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How Progress Works: A Disappointing Microbicides Trial and Why We’re Not Discouraged

The FACTS 001 trial made use of applicators to dispense 1 percent tenofovir gel before and after sex. Photo Credit: International Partnership for Microbicides

Back to the drawing board: The FACTS 001 trial, a study to test whether tenofovir gel could prevent HIV infection, did not confirm the gel’s effectiveness. While these results are disappointing, USAID is supporting the development of many other promising solutions, including vaginal rings and long-acting injectables.

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The Power of Scientific Research Investment in Africa

USAID-related science programs assist in expanding training for women. / Zahur Ramji (AKDN)

Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed arguing persuasively that scientific and technological progress is the key to African development. We are pleased to say that this vision is one that USAID fully supports and has already taken significant steps to catalyze. Today, Africans are the architects of their development, not just beneficiaries.

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5 Ways USAID is Preparing for Hurricane Season

satellite photo of a hurricane

As another Atlantic hurricane season approaches, we are reminded that it takes just one bad storm to wreak havoc, kill and injure thousands, and inflict billions of dollars in damage.

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U.S. Global Development Lab Launches to Develop and Scale Solutions to Global Challenges


Imagine a world in which diagnostics for diseases that are prevalent in developing countries are available at pennies per use, renewable off-grid energy services are affordable for households earning less than $2/day, and every family has enough healthy food to eat. USAID is helping to turn these ideas into realities by launching the U.S. Global Development Lab.

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Behind the Scenes: Interview with Andrew Hoell on Dryness Conditions in East Africa


In this edition of our “Behind the Scenes” Interview blog series, we chat with Dr. Andrew Hoell on dryness conditions in East Africa and the impact of climate change on food and water security. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: Securing Water for Food

Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge For Development

Our Photo of the Week features the new USAID and Sida program “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.” Read more >>

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Photos of the Week: AID in Action: Delivering on Results

Swaziland mother Zanele is thankful that 2-month-old son Nkosingphile was born HIV-free

Driving human progress is at the core of USAID’s mission, but what do development results look like? Read more >>

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PEER Program Impact: Addressing Global Coral Reef Health through Science and Collaboration

Yellow band disease in Wanci Island. Photo credit: Courtney Crouch

In recent years coral reefs have increasingly come under threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution and disease. To tackle complex global issues such as this, USAID is tapping into the vast potential of the science and technology sector.

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USAID Fosters Grassroots Innovation in Zambia

Attendees at the International Development Design Summit have one thing in common: a desire to improve lives through technology and innovation. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: U.S. & India Announce Innovation, Science, and Technology Awards

india photo of the week

Yesterday, Administrator Shah announced the Millennium Alliance winners in India, a partnership to support new innovations in education, energy, water, health care and food supply. Read more >>

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