Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

30 MARCH 2012
 
Great strides have been made in health and education, bringing more Afghans back into economic and civic life. Institutions that can accountably respond to people's needs and aspirations are being restored. Investments in infrastructure and human capital are making the country less vulnerable to insurgents and illicit business and more attractive for private-sector enterprise.
 
29 MARCH 2012 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Repairs to the Muhammad Agha canal benefit a wide range of farmers, including farmers who have lost their land and now survive on tenant farming.
 
Tenant farming arrangements are common throughout the province. Half of the households in the province depend on farmland or livestock for their livelihoods. The majority of these households have entered into some form of tenancy-farming agreements.
 
28 MARCH 2012 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
27 MARCH 2012 | LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
26 MARCH 2012 | WARDAK, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE   While construction resources are easily available in major cities such as Kabul and Kandahar, smaller cities and towns may struggle to provide all of the resources needed for major development projects. Contracting agencies are often forced to source materials, such as concrete slabs, from larger regional cities. This not only drives up project costs, but also dissipates money that would otherwise be directed toward intended project beneficiaries.
 
25 MARCH 2012 | AFGHANISTAN
 
22 MARCH 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
The residents of Khulm and Deh Dahdi districts are working on projects that will protect them from floods by building terraces and check dams and planting pistachio trees to prevent soil erosion and generate income. 
 
21 MARCH 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE   Panjwai District, located west of Kandahar City, is a rural area that relies heavily on agriculture to sustain its economy. During the preceding three decades, its irrigation system had fallen into disrepair. The municipality lacked the resources to address Panjwai’s infrastructural development, including its canals. Worse, intense insurgent activity coupled with feuding local tribes prevented significant infrastructural improvements in the district.
 
19 MARCH 2012 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID implemented a project to restore water flow along the Shahi canal, mitigating the droughts that have plagued local farmers, including members of the Kuchi community.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014