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.

12 AUGUST 2013 | LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
It took just one flyer to get Leyaqat Khan thinking about his rights and responsibilities as a citizen and what he could reasonably expect from the municipal authorities in Jalalabad. His was one of 800 households the city targeted by 50 young volunteers to raise public awareness about local government.
 
11 AUGUST 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
At 26, Ahmad Shah Aazami thought his life was over. A landmine had blown off both his arms and the young man felt despondent and helpless.
 
“I cannot tell you how scared I was,” he recalls, “for a long time, I felt that there was nothing I could do and this was my destiny.”
 
10 AUGUST 2013 | HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN
 
When Helmand in southern Afghanistan organized a sports tournament to give young people the chance to test themselves and learn teamwork, it was a first for the province.
 
9 AUGUST 2013 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
When a recent survey of residents of Herat revealed they knew little or nothing about municipal services, local officials realized it was time to get creative. With support from USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations West (RAMP UP) program, Herat municipality organized a documentary film competition titled Herat From a Citizen’s Perspective.
 
7 AUGUST 2013 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Just six months ago, Sayed Amir was struggling to make ends meet. He farmed three jeribs, or just over half-a-hectare, but crop yields were low. Despite all his hard work, Amir never earned more than $600 a season, not enough to look after a family. Then, his life – and prospects – changed. 
 

The Middle East and North Africa face their own baby boom. More than half of the region’s population is under the age of 24, and more than one-quarter of its young people are unemployed.

The Arab baby boom is both an opportunity and a challenge. USAID invests in young people so they have the skills, knowledge and attitude to succeed in today’s society.

6 AUGUST 2013 | LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Abdul Raqib’s veterinary service covers 320 villages strung across five districts in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman. For Dr Raqib, it is a dream come true. The veterinarian had long wanted to expand veterinary services in the province.
 

Building trust and leadership among Burma’s nascent civil society is key to a lasting, peaceful transition. But after decades of repression and division, those leading Burma’s reforms often face personal and professional obstacles affecting their ability to bridge gaps and forge alliances.

To be effective advocates for peace, these civil society leaders need to better understand how personal perceptions can affect professional relationships, and how these relationships can steer Burma’s political reform.  

Arab uprisings across the Middle East in recent years were built on the hopes and aspirations of a new generation of the region’s youth. However, due to high unemployment and struggling economies across the region, many college graduates find it hard to get a good job.

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Last updated: January 03, 2014