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Raising Trans Visibility – On Paper, In Person, Online

Gender DynamiX participants march in the Cape Town Pride in 2013. P​hoto: Gender DynamiX​

On Transgender Day of Remembrance we reflect on the lives lost to transphobia, but we also find hope in the organizations and individuals who are fighting for trans rights. Through the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, USAID is proud to help trans rights defenders through CommsLabs.

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South African Firefighters Save Lives Halfway Around the World

South Africa deployed a firefighting team for an international wildfire response for the first time this summer. Their presence was proof that USAID’s investments in building local disaster response capacity are paying off. / U.S. Forest Service

Since 2009, USAID and the U.S. Forest Service have worked with South African firefighters to strengthen their ability to respond to emergencies. Wildfires half a world away demonstrated these investments in building local disaster response capacity are paying off.

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Obama Administration Launches Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

A boy and a woman struggle with the dusty wind looking for water in Wajir, Kenya

From record droughts in Kansas to deadly wildfires in California, the United States is feeling the effects of climate change. These same conditions have a dire impact across the developing world, especially for poor, rural smallholder farmers whose very lives are threatened every time the rains arrive late, the floods rush in, or the temperature soars.

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Pounds of Prevention – Focus on South Africa

Members of Rescue South Africa prepare to deploy to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Photo courtesy of Rescue South Africa.

USAID’s commitment to disaster risk reduction includes an extensive focus on building first responder capacity around the globe. Thirteen years ago, USAID took notice of a nascent first responder organization based in Johannesburg—Rescue South Africa.

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Creating an AIDS-Free Generation through Science and Technology

Women can use this ARV-based vaginal gel to protect themselves against HIV. International Partnership for Microbicides

With the commitment, innovative spirit, creativity and hard work of our partners, USAID is continuously using science and technology in unprecedented ways to make great strides toward an AIDS-free generation.

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Video of the Week: USAID and Nelson Mandela

Mandela Announcing a Partnership with USAID on AIDS

In this week’s Video of the Week, we highlight Nelson Mandela’s announcement on the AIDS Response Partnership, Durban in 2000 with USAID.

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Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Ancestors and Antiretrovirals

 USAID is observing World AIDS Day this year by celebrating ten years of our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR. Book Review: “Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa” by Claire Laurier DeCoteau   Introduction In her most recent book, Dr. Laurier Decoteau eloquently traces the politics of HIV and AIDS from 1994 through 2010 […]

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Behind the Scenes: Interview with Jeff Borns on Democracy-Building in Southern Africa

Southern Africa elections professionals on a USAID-financed program learn from members of the Independent Electoral Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo credit: UNISA

In this edition of our “Behind the Scenes” Interview Blog Series, we chat with Mission Director Jeff Borns about democracy-building in Southern Africa. Read more >>

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USAID’s Investment in Africa

Women in Senegal. Photo credit: USAID

As President Obama embarks on his trip to Africa, USAID is proud to take this opportunity to highlight the important work we are doing there. Read more >>

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On the Front Lines in Africa

FrontLines: Spotlight on Africa

FrontLines editor shares some of her favorite FrontLines stories about our work in Africa. Read more >>

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