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.

25 JULY 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Panjawai is a major city that lies in the heart of Kandahar Province, a long-time Taliban stronghold. In 2010, Afghan and international military forces conducted clearing operations that drove the Taliban out of the area to protect the people of Panjawai from Taliban interference, intimidation, and violence.
 
24 JULY 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Ongoing conflict has caused a gradual deterioration of Afghanistan’s state justice system. Despite this, Afghans have retained a centuries-old informal justice system that is based on deliberation and decisions between elders at localized levels.
 
Informal justice systems, however, are not standardized in how they deliver justice, as the elders who manage them often have little or no formal training in law, and limited interaction with the state, or formal sector.
24 JULY 2011 | HIRAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
24 JULY 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
When Iqbal Ahadi graduated from Kabul University with a de-gree in civil engineering, he wanted to build roads, but he had minimal experience. Nine years later, after working with USAID infrastructure projects throughout the country, there is hardly a road engineering job that Iqbal has not held.
 
22 JUNE 2011
 
Baghlan Province suffers from the intrusion of insurgent elements, which are creating problems for Afghan and international security forces by contributing to drug trafficking and launching suicide attacks. The situation requires stabilization efforts to ensure security and prevent the spread of insurgency to neighboring provinces.
 
22 JUNE 2011
 
Vegetables are grown across Afghanistan’s eastern region and provide a good reliable source of income for farmers. Most of the produce is sold in local markets, yielding lower prices when compared to upscale national and international markets.
USAID established eight commercial production farms in various districts of Nangarhar Province. Though not certified, these farms closely follow Global GAP standards.
 
22 JUNE 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
In just over a week, the sale of composted organic waste has raised 20,600 Afghani ($460) for the Kandahar City municipal government, the first of what is to become a regular ‘green’ revenue source for the municipality. Nutrient rich soil has been separated from trash being cleaned up as part of a project funded by USAID.
22 JUNE 2011
 
USAID works with community development councils and other eligible grassroots organizations to implement small-scale community-level projects in 14 provinces in the north, west, and central regions of Afghanistan.
22 JUNE 2011
 
Thirty years of war and civil strife has had a crippling effect on Afghanistan’s civil-society and health services, leading to some of the highest infant, child, and maternal mortality rates in the world. In 2002, Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health initiated strategic efforts to address the health needs of Afghan society, in order to rebuild Afghanistan’s public health services and infrastructure and to develop closer ties to the non-governmental organization community.
 

Pages

Last updated: January 08, 2014