Widespread migration from the countryside is placing tremendous stress on urban water supplies and sanitation services delivery throughout Asia. This has placed a heavy burden on the nations of the Lower Mekong region as well as on the millions of urban poor who lack direct access to clean water. Further, many water services providers in Asian cities lack the proper management skills and suffer from weak governance, inefficient operations, aging infrastructure, and limited investment. Each of these contributes to poor service delivery and reduces access to safe water supply and basic sanitation. This in turn leads to higher rates of disease and child mortality from preventable waterborne illnesses and a corresponding loss of economic productivity.
USAID’s Young Entrepreneurs Program provides tangible micro and small business development support to Kosovo’s new and emerging entrepreneurs, ages 18-35. The Young Entrepreneurs Program recognizes that young entrepreneurs need more than mere training—they need capital and real-time support during the critical early business start-up period. To achieve this, the program provides business start-up matching grants and financing options with practical business training and sustained, hands-on coaching services for fledgling enterprises.
The Broadband Partnership of the Americas (BPA) is designed to improve access to broadband and the Internet and other communications technologies in the Americas. It will serve as a voluntary and flexible framework through which the governments of the Western Hemisphere, multilateral organizations, the donor community and the private sector can collaborate to increase access to broadband and the Internet across the Americas.
Start date: December 2011 Duration: Three years
Project budget (Life of Project): $ 3,696,110
Implementer: Tetra Tech DPK
Strengthen the role of the judiciary in the separation of powers, and develop broad based support for rule of law and judicial sector reform.
Advocacy and Citizen Participation in Judicial Sector Reforms – Develop the capacity of justice sector professional associations to play a leadership role in justice system reform efforts.
Start date: January 1, 2012 End date: December 31, 2015
Project budget: $300,000
Implementer: Crimson Development Foundation (CDF)
Establish and manage a specialized fund to support innovation and business start-ups, addressing the access to finance constraint faced by innovation-focused entrepreneurs.
Grantee: Partners of the Americas.
Local Sub-Grantees: St. Kitts & Nevis: Community Achievers Project; St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association; Caribbean Healthy Lifestyle Program; and the Ministry of Education. St. Vincent & Grenadines: Marion House; Liberty Lodge Boys Training Center; Adult and Continuing Education Center; Casper Maria Marshall Tomorrow Women and Men Center. Dominica: Center where Adolescent learn to Love & Serve (CALLS); Dominica Youth Business Trust.
Grantee: CERMES, University of the West Indies
Beneficiary Countries: Barbados and OECS countries
Duration: 2 years (July 2011-December 2013)
Funding to date: $767,350
Objective: To develop teaching and research related to Climate Change with an emphasis on cross-sectoral adaptation including short courses in climate change, to upgrade the Centre’s existing physical infrastructure to support the region.
What is Yes Youth Can Western?
Yes Youth Can Western is a youth program that improves the social and economic status of youth in Western Province, Kenya. The program empowers Kenyan youth to exhibit leadership in peace building, social service, and economic prosperity for holistic community development.
Where does Yes Youth Can Western work?
Yes Youth Can Western works with youth in 33 constituencies within the four counties of Western Province, namely, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga.
Forests cover nearly 50 percent of the Lower Mekong region, providing a wide array of benefits to millions of people. Trees are one of nature’s most efficient ways of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon. The region’s forests, with their unique flora and fauna, are also important sources of income and employment and contribute significantly to people’s health and the economic growth of the surrounding countryside. Yet despite the benefits, forests in the Mekong region continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate (nearly 1% per year, or more than 500,000 hectares per year), as land is converted for crops, grazing or other uses. Unsustainable and illegal logging, urbanization, and climate change also add significantly to their rapid decline. The loss and degradation of forests are important factors in global climate change, representing about 15 percent of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually. Roughly half of this amount comes from deforestation and forest degradation in Asia.
Last updated: June 17, 2013