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.

Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.

Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.

For more than three years, civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Kyrgyz Republic have been working to bring about critical reforms within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Their persistence paid off when, in early 2013, the ministry began considering a number of key reform measures.

On September 21, 2013, residents of northern Sri Lanka cast their ballots as part of an historic event—the first Northern Provincial Council elections. Election Day turnout was extremely high at 68 percent, representing a dramatic increase from previous years despite a very tense electoral environment.

In Burkina Faso, thousands of hungry families are more food secure thanks to a new technique for storing product that is increasing post-harvest quantity and quality and raising farmers' incomes.

Fifty percent of households in Burkina Faso are chronically food insecure. With over 80 percent of the population working in agriculture, more productive harvests can have a large impact on vulnerable families.

Od 2009. godine, učešće na trgovinskim sajmovima donelo je povećanje prodaje za 14,1 milion dolara kompanijama koje podržava USAID a koje se nalaze u regionima jugozapadne i južne Srbije. Ova dva regiona su među najnerazvijenijim u Srbiji, a profit koji su kompanije zaradile na ovaj način pomogao im je da prebrode ekonomsku krizu, da uđu na inostrana tržišta i da otvore nova radna mesta.

Proizvođači tekstila i obuće iz Srbije pregovaraju o porudžbinama vrednim oko 2,2 miliona dolara nakon svojih nastupa na trgovinskim sajmovima u Rusiji i Nemačkoj, što im je omogućila Američka agencija za međunarodni razvoj (USAID).

Šest sudova u Srbiji prepolovilo je broj svojih starih predmeta usvajanjem procedura po preporuci Američke agencije za međunarodni razvoj (USAID). Sudovi su broj starih predmeta iz svih oblasti sa više od 23.000 u 2010. godini smanjili na manje od 12.000 krajem 2012. godine. Ovo smanjenje od 49 odsto prevazilazi zadati cilj USAID-ovog Programa podele vlasti postavljen na 25 do 30 odsto.

Recently, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have joined forces and taken to the airwaves to pro-mote greater public awareness of women’s rights.  
 
Supported by USAID’s Formal Rule of Law Program, the radio drama ‘Qanon Qanon Ast’, or ‘Law is Law’ entertains listeners, and also increases awareness of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the importance of gender equality in Afghani-stan. 
 

Six Serbian courts have cut their case backlogs in half by adopting procedures recommended by USAID. The courts reduced their combined backlog of more than 23,000 cases in 2010 to fewer than 12,000 cases in late 2012, the most recent figures available. This 49 percent reduction in case backlogs exceeds USAID Separation of Powers Program’s target of a 25 to 30 percent reduction.

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Last updated: June 09, 2015