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.

Tanzanian smallholder rice farmers often use seeds saved from past seasons to plant their fields. Since these indigenous seeds are typically recycled several times, most have reduced viability or have developed susceptibilities to disease. The reliance of farmers on weak and damaged seed results in low yields and constrains agricultural development. Access to improved seed can help solve these problems, leading to agricultural productivity and higher profits.

The first view of the Metcalfe Juvenile Remand Center, a “holding facility” for young male offenders who will be brought before the courts for criminal offenses, is not encouraging. Located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, it is secured by a 50-foot-tall gate with metal facing, topped with rolled barbed wire, and at least five armed security guards circle the entrance. Inside, young boys between the ages of 12 and 17 attend to various duties.

Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.

Recurrent clashes in Guinea’s forests have become a deep source of concern. Home to 25 percent of the country’s population and the majority of its extractive wealth, the region is marked by high levels of unemployment and poverty, ethnic division and a history of conflict imported from neighboring countries. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in recent violence.

Dy sipërmarrës të rinj bujqësor, që rishtazi kanë kryer fakultetin, janë duke shijuar frytet e punës së tyre: rendimente rekorde të dredhëzës. Mirëpo, tregimi i suksesit të tyre përfshinë më tepër se arsimimin e tyre formal.

Dvojica mladih poljoprivrednih preduzetnika, sa nedavno završenim fakultetom, uživaju u plodovima svoga rada: rekordnom prinosu jagoda. Ali priča o njihovim uspesima sadrži vise od formalnog obrazovanja.

Более 20000 белорусских детей живет в семьях из групп риска. Их родители испытывают затруднения в надлежащем исполнении родительских обязанностей, удовлетворении основных потребностей ребенка и должном контроле за ним. Если на раннем этапе своего развития дети подвергались насилию и были лишены родительской заботы, то в дальнейшем эти обстоятельства негативно сказываются на их физическом, эмоциональном и интеллектуальном развитии. 

In western Côte d’Ivoire, disputes over land ownership frequently lead to violence. Informal land lease or sale arrangements, especially when involving individuals not considered indigenous to the community, generate feelings of resentment and exploitation that sometimes boil over into open conflict. But two villages recently chose a different path to resolve their disputes

A new conservation law criminalizing wildlife poaching was enacted in Mozambique in June of this year. But while the passage of new laws receives much attention, the hard work of implementation often does not.

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Last updated: December 04, 2014