The Government of Nepal’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment estimates that, as a result of the April 25, 2015 earthquake, 28,572 classrooms in public and private schools were totally destroyed or damaged beyond use. The extensive damage interrupted the education of over 2 million children and youth.
Nepal has made remarkable progress in the education sector and expanded learning opportunities for children and adults since 1990. Net primary enrollment rates have increased from 64 to nearly 95 percent, with similar enrollment rates for girls and boys. These improvements have put Nepal on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 2: Universal Primary Education. Despite this progress, there are concerns about the quality of education and low school completion rates. Nepal’s linguistic, geographical, and socio-economic diversity also affect schools’ ability to provide quality education services for all students.
WHO reports first full week of no new confirmed cases in region since March 2014. Government of Guinea (GoG) adopts new comprehensive Ebola virus disease (EVD) surveillance plan. US Government DART continues to support development of local EVD care capacity as USAID/OFDA-supported Ebola treatment units (ETUs) close.
CHAMP improves and expands HIV/AIDS services for key populations (commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men) and other vulnerable populations such as long distance truck drivers.
This project promotes evidence-based decision making, supports a regional effort to expand use of family planning services, and increases the accessibility of high quality HIV services for most-at-risk populations in order to decrease the burden of disease.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and USAID is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.
The On Farm Water Management Project is improving agricultural productivity by enhancing the efficiency of water used in all areas of Afghanistan where security permits. The project measures its impact by improvements in land productivity (yield of wheat, ton/hectare), water productivity (yield of wheat for each volume of water used), and the increase in irrigated area.
The Improving Livelihoods and Governance through Natural Resource Management contributed to Afghanistan’s capacity to conserve and sustainably manage its natural resources and improve the livelihoods of the rural communities in Bamyan and Badakhshan provinces.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State (State) are implementing a coordinated Partner Vetting System (PVS) pilot program that was congressionally mandated in the FY 2012 Appropriations Act. USAID is implementing the pilot program in Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Ukraine.
The key to a strong democracy and transparent government is a robust media and civil society sector. USAID’s Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) will ensure that Afghan citizens are well informed about the actions and performance of government institutions and officials, and that they have the means to freely influence public policy and advocate for political reform.
Last updated: November 27, 2015