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.

June 2014—Avocado producers in South Lebanon recently learned new grafting techniques for their trees, allowing them to upgrade their fruits to more marketable varieties of avocado, increase production and revenue, and improve the lives of their families.

Used within commercial horticulture, grafting unites two plants of the same species to increase and speed yield of hardier, more pest resistant fruit. Grafting also dwarfs the tree so fruit hangs lower on wider trees, making it easier to harvest.

Përderisa USAID-i angazhohet që ta shtojë përdorimin e kontratave në tërë sektorin privat të Kosovës, është konstatuar se mungesa e marrëveshjeve të shkruara është veçanërisht problematike në industrinë e ndërtimit, ku mosmarrëveshjet shpesh çojnë në vonesa të konsiderueshme në infrastrukturën më se të nevojshme.

Dok USAID radi na tome da poveća upotrebu ugovora u privatnom sektoru na Kosovu, zaključeno je da je odsustvo pisanog sporazuma posebno problematična stvar u građevinskoj industriji, u kojoj sporovi često dovode do velike docnje u izgradnji preko potrebne infrastrukture.

July 2014—Wheat is the most important crop in Afghanistan, produced by 78 percent of farmers, with wheat flour serving as a staple of the Afghan diet. Since many Afghans rely on the crop for their livelihoods and daily meals, USAID provides financial and technical assistance to the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to aggressively support wheat producers.

За последние шесть лет более 600 людей с инвалидностью из Беларуси получили поддержку от Агентства США по международному развитию (USAID) в работе по укреплению своих организаций, развитию инновационных услуг для инвалидов, а также в расширении адвокативной деятельности по продвижению инклюзивных практик.

June 2014—While USAID is working to increase the use of contracts throughout Kosovo’s private sector, the lack of written agreements has been particularly problematic in the construction industry, where disputes often lead to significant delay in much-needed infrastructure.

June 2014—Each year, the World Bank publishes its Doing Business report—a survey of the ease of doing business around the world that includes 189 countries and 10 indicators. In this year’s report, Mozambique’s ranking rose 46 positions for the construction permit indicator, from 123rd place in 2013 to 77th in 2014.

May 2014Last month, Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) began the formidable task of outlining a set of principles for governing the country. With just five of the assembly’s 60 seats held by women, concerns abound that the voices of Libyan women will not be sufficiently heard during this important political conversation.

May 2014—Astou Dieng is the chief nurse at Senegal’s Bagadadgi health post, based in a rural community more than 700 kilometers from Dakar and serving more than 17,500 individuals from 91 small villages. One of her main concerns is persuading community members to visit a health professional as soon as they are ill.

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Last updated: July 07, 2014