Recent Site Articles
Putting Cranes Back to Work
by Mirjana Vukša Zavišić, in collaboration with Strahinja Mitrovski. on 24th January 2017
In Serbia USAID worked with the Ministry of Construction to reform construction permitting. A reform so profound, that five years ago, few people believed it possible.
“Localize It”: A Voice from the Field
by Souley Wade on 20th January 2017
James Zumwalt, U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, stands with Ibrahima Sall, the founder of Coumba Nor Thiam, a medium-sized rice milling
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Digital Health: Moving from Silos to Systems
by Ann Mei Chang and Jennifer Adams on 13th December 2016
USAID is committed to leveraging digital tools to achieve better health outcomes. A new funding mechanism seeks to harness innovation and expertise to foster systemic change. Here is the vision moving forward.
Keeping it Local: One Youth Leader Who Is Fighting Corruption in Ukraine
by Natalya Yakymchuk on 9th December 2016
On Anti-Corruption Day, learn how Taras Sluchyk became a passionate and engaged leader at the national level, gathering citizens and political and civic activists across Ukraine to join efforts against corruption. USAID continues to build on Taras’ progress in Ukraine, bringing communities together to reduce opportunities and incentives for corruption and create a common vision of a democratic future.
Overcoming the Stigma of Gender-Based Violence
by Charles North on 9th December 2016
USAID has partnered with NGOs, faith-based programs, and host governments in more than 40 countries to increase awareness of the scope and impact of gender-based violence, improve services for survivor, and strengthen prevention efforts. Read on for stories about how survivors fight the stigma.
When Violence Is Not the Exception
by Katherine Kemp on 28th November 2016
In India, rape is the fastest growing crime. According to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau, every 29 minutes, a woman is raped; and every nine minutes, a case of cruelty at the hands of a husband or relative occurs. Gender-based violence (GBV) is widespread. It threatens the health, freedom and security of victims and yet remains largely hidden by a culture of silence. USAID, however, is working to change these statistics.
Raising Trans Visibility – On Paper, In Person, Online
by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice on 15th November 2016
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.
Breaking Down Ethnic Divides in Macedonia
by Andrew Plitt, Senior Development Advisor to United States European Command (USEUCOM) on 15th November 2016
In observance of the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, Andrew Plitt, USAID Senior Development Advisor to the United States European Command (USEUCOM), reflects on how USAID and the Department of Defense are helping to build a more unified Macedonia after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Through his eyes, the USAID-DOD partnership is providing a glimmer of hope for the future of Macedonia, especially among its youth.
Getting from A to B Gets Easier in Tanzania with New Mapping Open Data
by Andrew Inglis and Marasi Mwencha on 14th November 2016
To help the Tanzanian Government optimize its health supply chain transport system, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT mapped the country. The data was uploaded by volunteers with Humanitarian Open Street Maps and Ramani Huria, and is now available to the world. For the people of Tanzania, including businesses, having a complete digital road map available means that businesses can better plan and operate, people can more efficiently plan their travel.
Executive Order Prioritizes Our Shared Global Health Security
by Dr. Ariel Pablos Mendez on 4th November 2016
President Obama signed an executive order to advance the ambitious Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and ensure that this multilateral and multisectoral effort to detect and respond to new infectious disease threats such as yellow fever or highly pathogenic avian influenza is sustained. USAID is actively working with our interagency partners in all 17 Phase I GHSA countries. We are actively supporting all 11 GHSA Action Packages with a special focus on zoonotic diseases, workforce development, disease surveillance, and antimicrobial resistance. The unifying theme of our work is the so called ‘One Health’ approach, which brings together the sectors of animal health, human health, and the environment to address the burden of disease.