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Below are highlights of USAID activities conducted in 2008 that support women and girls in the areas of economic opportunities and entrepreneurship; political participation and leadership; education; gender-based violence; legal rights; trafficking in persons; and HIV and AIDS.
Economic Opportunities and Entrepreneurship
Women make a significant contribution to the global economy and empowering women economically can lift entire families and communities out of poverty.
Start date: September 30, 2010 End date: September 29, 2015
Project budget (Life of Project): $6.7 million
Implementer: Education Development Center (EDC)
Start date: September 30, 2009 End date: September 30, 2019
Guarantee Facility: $5 million in loans
Implementers: Savings Houses Mozhnosti and FULM
Grantees: Secretariat of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
Duration: 4 years (October 2011 to September 2014)
Funding to date: $900,000M (CBSI)
Total Projected investment: $5 million over four years.
Beneficiary Countries: St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname
Grantee: Grenada Cocoa Association
Duration: 15 months (May 2012 to June 30, 2013)
Funding to date: $173, 968
Beneficiary Countries: Grenada
Objective: To improve youth workforce development by supporting training programs to transition youth-at-risk into productive employment.
The Mekong is among the world's longest rivers, flowing 4,800 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau through six nations to its delta in Vietnam. The river and its tributaries contain the largest freshwater fishery in the world, producing 2.6 million tons annually, a food chain that relies on the nutrient rich sediment carried by the river. The river contains between 1,200 and 1,700 species of fish, making it the second most biodiverse river in the world. Many of these species must migrate a thousand kilometers or more upriver in order to spawn. This vast fishery supports some 60 million people along the Mekong and its watersheds, directly and indirectly, of whom 40 percent still live in poverty. Many of them depend on protein from the fish and the food grown along the river’s banks and floodplain, which receive nutrients during annual floods.
USAID administers two programs to improve the infrastructure and institutions in Kosovo responsible for the water sector.
The Small Infrastructure for Water and Sanitation Program (SIWSK) helps five municipalities improve the quality of, and access to, potable water for 109,000 residents. Only 45 percent of residents in the municipalities of Pejë/Pec, Klinë/Klina, Malishevë/Malisevo, Gllogovc/Glogovac, and Lipjan have access to potable water, compared to the national average of 61 percent. The program assists with the construction of water supply systems.
In support of President Obama's strategy for atrocity prevention, USAID and Humanity United commit to issuing a Tech Challenge on Atrocity Prevention to support innovative ideas and best-in-class solutions to prevent mass atrocities.
Start date: December 2012 End Date: June 2015
Anticipated Project budget (Life of Project): $949,684
Implementer: Macedonian Civic Education Center
Strengthen the teacher career and professional development system in Macedonia. Create and institutionalize structures and processes that guide and inform the system.
Last updated: June 12, 2013