The project works to expand market opportunities for micro entrepreneurs, especially those who are women. Working through local private sector entities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, the project offers training that helps beneficiaries develop better products and learn new skills. The project is also linking an estimated 75,000 microentrepreneurs working with embellished fabric, dairy products, honey, and medicinal and aromatic plants to profitable markets nationwide. Inkind grant assistance is provided to microentrepreneurs affected by conflict and natural di
The project helps communities and individual farmers to increase the production, sales, and revenues for crops and livestock. Activities include introduction of new technologies and practices, improved management approaches, new varieties of crops and livestock, as well as better water management techniques. To introduce these new approaches, the project helps set up and train community organizations, mutual marketing organizations, and farmers marketing collectives. To help communities increase the value of their products, the project trains farmers how to grade, package, pack, and market
The Agribusiness Project is improving the performance of agribusiness firms by increasing their access and use of new technologies and improving workers' skills. The project works in 8 value chains: grapes; high value offseason vegetables (HV/OS) such as tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.; apricots; seed potatoes; citrus; bananas; chilies; and meat, specifically butchered beef cuts. The Project is working in 36 districts throughout Pakistan, including the provinces of GilgitBaltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Along with the di
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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- 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.
Last updated: April 02, 2015