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In  2015, USAID partnered with the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research to launch the Reading for Success – Small Scale Experimentation activity to develop and test the most effective approaches to strengthen children’s Arabic reading skills in targeted primary schools.  With the positive results of the pilot phase, the Ministry has decided to implement this approach for reading instruction in all public elementary schools nationwide.

This $8 million, five-year Hamro Samman project works closely with the Government of Nepal (GON), civil society, and private sector to foster collaborative partnerships among these stakeholders to better address human trafficking.

Boosting sales and investment for Moldovan companies through increased productivity, improved product quality and expanded market linkages to European and other high-value markets

ICTEC project brings prestige and influences the tech sector and Moldova by directly contributing to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. In addition, ICTEC aims to improve the skills needed within the IT sector, thereby creating high quality and well-paid jobs, and deterring the emigration of talented young people. Tekwill encourages local startups and existing companies to expand and attract international IT companies to invest in Moldova, thus contributing to sector growth.

On December 21, parties to South Sudan’s conflict signed a COH, agreeing to cease all military action and to disengage forces across the country by December 24. The 11 signatories also committed to protect civilians and allow unimpeded humanitarian access; the parties are expected to address longer-term security arrangements and governance issues during the High-Level Revitalization Forum scheduled for early 2018.

USAID’s High Value Agriculture Activity in Moldova (HVAA) works to cultivate a modern agriculture sector that increases rural prosperity, thereby improving the economic well-being of all Moldovans. In collaboration with agribusinesses, farmers, water user associations, and others, the project helps maximize the profitability of each hectare by improving the quality and quantity of production, increasing sales through local and international markets, and fostering partnerships throughout the ag sector to achieve shared goals.

Promoting Value Chains – Western Afghanistan (VC –West) strengthens the capabilities of private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets, with the goal of promoting inclusive growth and job creation. The project will improve the wheat, high-value crops, and livestock value chains in the provinces of Badghis, Farah, Herat, and Nimroz. The project will also provide support to the Provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (P/DAIL) in building their knowledge and skills in sustainable value chain development and management.

On December 20, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)-led Coalition announced it would reopen access to Yemen’s Al Hudaydah Port for commercial shipments, including fuel, for a 30-day period. The Coalition had closed Yemen’s Red Sea ports, including Al Hudaydah and Al Saleef, on November 6 after the KSA intercepted a missile launched by Al Houthi forces toward the KSA’s capital city of Riyadh. Since the announcement, the Coalition’s Evacuation and Humanitarian Operations Cell (EHOC) has allowed several commercial food and fuel ships to enter the Red Sea ports.

USAID and Starbucks partner to increase high-quality coffee production while helping Colombian youth build greater expertise in the coffee industry.  Colombia’s unique geography makes it perfectly suited for producing a high-quality brew, and Colombian coffee is widely regarded as among the best in the world.  Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee and the largest producer of high-quality Arabica beans.

On January 8, the UN commenced an operation to deliver a one-month supply of humanitarian assistance, via crane, for approximately 50,000 people at the informal Rukban settlement, located along the Syria–Jordan border berm. During the one-week operation, the UN plans to provide food and emergency relief commodities, including winter-specific items, for onward distribution by local leaders at the settlement.

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Last updated: January 21, 2018

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