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.

With the exception of fish, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been unable to export agricultural products of animal origin, such as dairy products and honey, to the European Union because it could not demonstrate that it meets all of the EU's food safety standards. Restricted access to the EU’s large, higher-paying markets adversely affects more than 20,000 BiH dairy farmers and 10,000 beekeepers.
 
Vladan Blagojevic is a coppersmith in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). His family has been making traditional kettles used in brandy making since 1921, almost 100 years. Today, his copper chandeliers and other Bosnian artisan products are sold in prestigious Manhattan boutiques. 
 
It all started with a walk around Bascarcija, the old part of the city, according to Bruce Gilardi, a New York businessman living in Sarajevo and working to connect artisans from BiH with merchants and designers in New York City.
 

The Kokkilai Lagoon lies on the border between Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces. Its shores are home to 448 families, split nearly equally between Sinhalese and Tamils. During the 30-year civil war, many of these families were displaced.  When the war ended and they began returning in 2009, misunderstandings between the communities soon arose, often around fishing, the area’s main livelihood.

All around Yemen in the evening, the electricity often goes out and the country’s teens and young adults are left idle with few productive activities or social diversions. Yemeni youth, like youth anywhere in the world, crave achievement for their own futures. Without outward signs of opportunity, big dreams about the future will fade.

Që nga themelimi i tij në vitin 2000, Instituti Gjyqësor i Kosovës (IGjK) është shndërruar në një hallkë kyçe e arsimimit të vazhdueshëm ligjor, duke ofruar trajnime të rregullta për gjyqtarë, prokurorë dhe profesionistë të tjerë ligjorë. Roli i këtij institucioni ka marrë më tepër rëndësi në vitin 2013, gjatë ristrukturimit të gjykatave dhe prokurorive të vendit.

The theme for the 2013 World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, was “Sharing Responsibility—Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” USAID's work in Brazil has strengthened civil society organizations to advocate for prevention policies, programs and strategies that address the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, and has helped to build one of the world’s most effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Since its establishment in 2000, the Kosovo Judicial Institute (KJI) has become a crucial center for continuing legal education, offering regular training for judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals. The role of this institution has become particularly significant in 2013 during the re-structuring of the country’s courts and prosecution offices.

Although the organization’s duties have gradually expanded, the KJI staff continued to use outdated data collection and management computer programs, keeping them buried in paperwork and unable to meet reporting requirements.

Od svog osnivanja 2000. godine, Pravni institut Kosova (PIK) postao je ključni centar za kontinuirano pravno obrazovanje, nudeći redovnu obuku za sudije, tužioce i druge pravnike. Uloga ove institucije postala je posebno važna 2013. god. u toku restrukturiranja sudova i tužilaštava u zemlji. Iako su se dužnosti organizacije postepeno proširivale, službenici PIK nastavili su da koriste zastarele računarske programe za prikupljanje podataka i upravljanje njima, što ih je zakopalo u papirologiji i zbog čega nisu uspeli da ispune uslove podnošenja izveštaja.

Clad in a rainbow of colors and frills, the moms spill from the waiting rooms into the corridor, holding babies who are bouncing, sleeping and crying.

It’s a busy day at a clinic outside Bujumbura, Burundi. It’s the day that women can come for antenatal checkups, bring their babies and small children for vaccinations—and receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

When asked whether bed nets really do prevent malaria, the mothers shout a chorus of responses:

“Yes, they are important!”

“That’s one of the reasons why we came.”

“They keep us healthy.”

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Last updated: January 15, 2015