June 30, 2015
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Growing economies, like Kosovo, depend on a continuous, affordable source of energy for economic growth, to increase employment opportunities and job creation, in particular for underserved segments of society, such as women, young adults, rural populations, and minority groups.
Over the past decade, the Kosovo government has attempted to expand Kosovo’s generation capacity and has committed to increasing domestic generation capacity from renewable energy sources in accordance with obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
USAIDs EMPOWER Credit Support (ECS) addresses one of the key constrains to economic growth in Kosovo: access to credit for high-growth potential micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).
USAID, through Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities (AGRO) Program focuses on increasing agricultural productivity, marketability, and responsiveness to markets, which will enhance the sustainability and competiveness of targeted Kosovar agribusinesses in domestic and export markets.
The April 25 earthquake and aftershocks have increased the risk of monsoon-related landslides. USAID/OFDA expands support to include radio broadcasts, debris removal, and mental health services.
The E-PESO Activity is a USAID/Philippines program supporting the objectives of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth, which focuses on addressing binding constraints to achieve sustained, more inclusive economic growth.
On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry announced a pledge that increases the total amount of U.S. emergency relief and early recovery assistance to Nepal to $130 million. Building upon our support to date to Nepal after the April 25, 2015 earthquake, this announcement is only the beginning of our contribution and we, with the support of our Congress, will continue to work with Nepal to support its long-term earthquake recovery needs across multiple years.
The HRGP was established with the creation of the new DRG Center in February 2012, as “human rights” was elevated as a co-equal pillar alongside democracy and governance. The program assists with the development of human rights programs, including innovative projects that respond to urgent or unanticipated human rights needs of emerging opportunities as well as to encourage cooperation with local and regional organizations, and to enable Missions to respond to urgent human rights problems through stand-alone programs or by integrating human rights objectives into current programs and those under design, regardless of sector.
The Health and Education Office of the USAID/Nicaragua Mission has been working with the LGBT community to advocate for reform in the health sector; developing studies on stigma, discrimination, HIV/AIDS prevention; and improving technical competencies related to education methodologies and behavior change interventions, among others. With HRGP’s support the mission was able to extend capacity strengthening assistance and training on democratic and human rights advocacy to thirty three non-governmental organizations.
“Being LGBT in Asia: A Participatory Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Civil Society” is a joint initiative of USAID and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In the past two years “Being LGBT in Asia” convened national LGBT dialogues to discuss lived experiences of LGBT persons in eight countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Last updated: July 01, 2015