This year the focus of World Health Day is on the world's growing urban population. The theme, "1000 cities, 1000 lives" provides an opportunity to highlight the work that is being done to improve health in urban settings. The unprecedented rate of urban growth has far outstripped the ability of these cities to provide infrastructure for new residents. This lack of infrastructure will lead to an estimated 2 billion people living in slums over the next 20 years.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Global Pulse 2010, the three-day online collaboration session focused on creating solutions to critical global challenges, is gaining momentum as thousands of participants sign on to share ideas that will build a stronger global community.
During the first 63 hours of Global Pulse 2010 there were 14,000 total logins and 9,000 posts from participants in over 150 countries. Robust discussions are forming around a wide variety of topics from democratizing democracy, to human trafficking, to renewable energy development.
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that Norma Parker will serve as the Agency's new Mission Director for Nicaragua. Ms. Parker, who was also sworn in yesterday at USAID's headquarters at the Ronald Reagan Building, will oversee a wide variety of programs to promote economic growth and improve health and education for the people of Nicaragua.
WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 26, 2010 - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) today announced a new private-public partnership to support financing to entrepreneurs throughout the developing world. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID, and Anders Nordström, Director General of Sida, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the collaboration.
Washington, DC- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will launch a new collaboration for the issuance of joint credit guarantees in developing countries. Loans guaranteed under the agreement will include investments for climate change, post-disaster reconstruction, food security, and health, including planned guarantees in Bosnia and Haiti.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thorough research on the plight of the urban poor in Lusaka, Zambia, combined with practical policy recommendations have earned Danielle Resnick, a PhD. candidate in political science at Cornell University, a trip to the World Urban Forum.
Ms. Resnick won the grand prize in a competition for original research on topics related to the theme of the 2010 World Urban Forum, "The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide." She will travel March 22-26 to Brazil as a guest of the International Housing Coalition (IHC).
lobal Pulse 2010, the three-day online event aimed at bringing people together online to brainstorm and discuss innovative ideas to solve critical global challenges, launches March 29. The event is open to all participants.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company announce an additional joint investment of US$12.7 million in their global partnership, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA). Through this investment, WADA will support eight new multi-year programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa in Angola, Burundi, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- World Water Day reminds us that a sustainable and safe supply of water is necessary to the development and security of every nation. Nearly one billion people in the developing world lack access to an improved water supply. Without significant improvements in water and sanitation access and hygiene practices, global goals related to child mortality, primary education, disease reduction, environmental sustainability and poverty reduction will not be achieved.
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sponsoring a regional conference in Dhaka on "the role of religious and community leaders in advancing development in Asia," now through March 24, and 70 religious and community leaders from fourteen countries across Asia are expected to participate.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Global Pulse 2010, a three-day virtual event aimed at bringing together thousands of people from around the globe to discuss the world's most pressing challenges and envision solutions, will launch March 29, 2010. Created to enable listening, learning and sharing of ideas, this initiative marks the commitment of the U.S. to meeting the challenges of the 21st century by working towards universal goals in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - TODAY, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of "Helping Shelter Haiti," an interactive, first-of-its kind exhibit that illustrates the agency's plans for sheltering those displaced by the January 12th earthquake. Haiti Task Team Coordinator Paul Weisenfeld also announced the formation of the Haiti Task Team to continue inter-agency coordination of the reconstruction efforts that are underway, and to replace the Response Management Team formed at the onset of the crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This Friday, March 12 at 12 noon the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch “Helping Shelter Haiti,” an interactive exhibit that illustrates the agency’s immediate and long-term plans for sheltering those displaced by the January 12th earthquake. The exhibit will display a scaled version of the shelters currently being built in Haiti, and bring to life how the agency facilitates the reconstruction process when disaster-stricken countries request U.S.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies, the Gorbachev Foundation, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on March 11, 2010 for joint activities in support of child welfare systems and enhanced social services for vulnerable children and families in Russia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is pleased to announce that the following individuals recently joined the Agency:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah welcomed the 2010 International Women of Courage Award winners from Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, Korea and Sri Lanka to USAID. Administrator Shah thanked the honorees for their outstanding contributions to the rights of women and the advancement of their countries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Colombian pop star and humanitarian leader Juan Esteban Aristizabal, a.k.a. Juanes, met with staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to exchange ideas and discuss possible opportunities for partnership. The conversation focused on USAID's programs in Latin America as well as the work of Fundación Mi Sangre, a non-profit organization founded by Juanes and dedicated to peace building in Colombia, the artist's home country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has released the results of an eight-country 2009 survey into the health risks and needs of migrants and mobile populations. The survey was commissioned by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and funded by the Southern Africa Prevention Initiative of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Today we commemorate International Women's Day and honor the courageous women who endeavor to build a better world for their children, families, societies, and themselves. This is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the essential role women play in the economic, political, and social advancement of their countries.
Last updated: December 21, 2014