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Last updated: September 12, 2022

September 8, 2022

A career Foreign Service Officer with more than 16 years of experience, Mr. Gosney joined USAID Kenya and East Africa in August 2022. Prior to joining the Kenya and East Africa Mission, he served as the Mission Director for USAID El Salvador.

May 18, 2022

Internews trains journalists in effective environmental reporting. With the support of USAID and the US Department of Interior-International Assistance Program, Internews launched the East African Media Coverage of Conservation and Wildlife in 2019 and has trained over 250 journalists and issued 57 story grants. The goal of the program is to empower East African journalists to cover the environment more effectively.

May 10, 2022

The media plays a crucial role in educating the public. To increase the regional journalists' awareness on how East Africa’s most iconic wildlife and habitats are inextricably linked to its people’s survival and well-being, a trip was organized to the Albertine region in Uganda, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and Mkomazi in Uganda for 20 regional journalists.

October 8, 2020

They call themselves the “Superstars” and are in their own little way helping Kenya tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s group in the lakeshore county of Homa Bay is making soap as part of a chama (a type of small savings and loan group that is popular across Kenya). Each of the group’s members contributes money, which is used to buy soap-making ingredients. Once it is produced, each member receives an equal amount of soap to sell. The group meets every week to share out the proceeds, setting some of the funds aside to buy more reagents and provide loans to its members.

May 14, 2020

Christine (not her real name) and her two children travel from Uganda to Kenya every two weeks to trade in fish and farm products. During this trip, she visits Port Victoria sub-County Hospital to refill her family’s antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.  But the arrival of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) upended her trips.