Fact Sheets

The Merit and Needs­Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) provides full­tuition scholarships and stipends to talented yet economically disadvantaged Pakistani youth to earn a bachelor's or master's degree at 21 partner universities. The scholarships cover student housing, textbooks, a food stipend, and tuition. Programs under MNBSP include business, agriculture, social sciences, medical, and engineering. USAID works through the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) to implement the scholarship program.

This project, Via Dinarica: A Platform for Sustainable Tourism Development and Local Economic Growth, is a follow-up to our Via Dinarica pilot project, “Walking the Via Dinarica,” that was also co-led by USAID and UNDP, in 2013-2014. As a result of last year’s project, the Via Dinarica was awarded “Best New Trail” in 2014 by Outside Magazine. This activity will further develop the Via Dinarica into a regional tourism destination, which will increase BiH competitiveness in nature-based tourism and promote rural economic development. The activity will establish the Via Dinarica corridor in BiH as a community-owned and -operated tourism product that provides sustainable livelihoods for a range of local businesses along the trail.

Global economies are faced with the worsening impacts of climate change. Countries all over the world, including developing ones like the Philippines, are searching for a balanced solution that sustains robust economic growth while maintaining resource efficiency and economic resilience.

March 11, 2015

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Ebola Response

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  • WHO reports 132 new confirmed cases of EVD in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week ending on March 1.
  • No new EVD cases confirmed in Liberia in nearly two weeks.
  • Response actors remain concerned regarding ongoing EVD transmission chains in Guinea’s Forécariah Prefecture, where 23 EVD cases since February 28—more than 70 percent of the 32 confirmed cases in the same time period countrywide—have occurred.

In 2014, USAID built on the critical foundation provided by the 2012 release of the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment is at the core ​of development. This fact sheet highlights programs shaped by the gender analysis requirement, country-specific activities, and institutional changes that have helped define this effort and looks ahead to key activities for 2015.

In 2015, Afghanistan will conduct its first Demographic and Health Survey (ADHS), the “gold standard” in survey research. The ADHS results will provide rigorous data on a range of topics: fertility levels, marriage rate, fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, childhood and maternal mortality, maternal and child health, and social indicators such as domestic violence.

USAID Partnership Contracts for Health (PCH) project supports the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to deliver basic health services to more than 1.5 million Afghans every month.

OVERVIEW

  • Implementation period: August 2011 - August 2015
  • Project budget: $24.5 million

USAID’s Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project seeks to increase the availability and use of quality medicines and pharmaceutical commodities in Afghanistan.  

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Last updated: March 12, 2015