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Passage to Prosperity Opening Plenary Remarks by Chargé Carlson
September 28, 2017

The private sector plays a critical role in striving for the great potential that Afghanistan and its people have to offer.  In the most literal sense, this event is about connecting Afghan businesses with Indian investors.  With these connections comes an inherent responsibility.  Investment is a two way street.  If you – as a business person – see an opportunity to import goods or finance a start-up, naturally you are seeking a return on that investment.  What might not always be so evident, however, is that you are investing in the success of that society.  You are investing in the health of its workers. You are investing in the education of its children.  And you are investing in a nation poised to expand and share its wealth of goods, culture, and pride.

September 22, 2017

ROAA & RFMO Readout – September 2017

September 22, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Urban Management Centre (UMC) today hosted a half-day-long cultural event to celebrate their three-year partnership under the Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab (ASAL) program.

September 22, 2017

I’m proud to note that under the USAID-supported Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab project, more than 130,000 children have benefitted from access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and the adoption of WASH and Menstrual Hygiene Management practices.

The Urban Management Centre has done outstanding work to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene, providing courses to more than 10,000 adolescent school girls and boys in schools and communities. Globally, girls continue to either drop out of school or miss days every month. This is one way in which we are helping to break the taboo.

September 20, 2017

At USAID, we take partnership very seriously and believe that it is part and parcel of how we operate in India.  Our mantra has been: “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together.”Over the past few years, we’ve worked with more than 100 organizations from the private sector where we co-fund and co-design programs to address development challenges in the area of maternal and child health, tuberculosis, energy, early literacy, WASH, and financial inclusion.

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