Fact Sheets

The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest contiguous rainforest. It is unequalled in its biodiversity, with a rich array of wildlife often found nowhere else in the world. It is also the second largest global “sink” for carbon, the most important gas implicated in global warming.

The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest contiguous rainforest. It is unequalled in its biodiversity, with a rich array of wildlife often found nowhere else in the world. It is also the second largest global “sink” for carbon, the most important gas implicated in global warming.The forests are also an important source of food, materials and medicine for more than 80 million people who live in the region. The lack of economic alternatives for the local inhabitants and the expected doubling of the population in Central Africa over the next 20 years are increasing pressures to clear forests.

USAID’s Ministry of Women's Affairs Restructuring and Empowerment (MORE) project strengthens the capacity of the Ministry of Women's Affairs MoWA) in advocating for public policies that support and empower women in Afghanistan.

The USAID Promote: Women in Government project advances and empowers Afghan women by fostering professional development opportunities for female high school and university graduates interested in working for government institutions at the national and sub-national levels.

Cotton is a key livelihood source for many farmers in West Africa, with the region representing one of the most important sources of cotton exports in the world.  In the “C-4” countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali), cotton provides 3 percent to 10 percent of the national gross domestic product. Grown in rotation with cereals and legumes, cotton represents the primary source of income for many farmers in a region characterized by food insecurity. The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Cotton Competitiveness (UCC) Activity is a new partnership that aims to address these challenges.

The Philippine-American (Phil-Am) Fund is a five-year, Php984 million ($24 million), project which provides opportunities for local civil society organizations (CSOs) to devise new solutions for many of the Philippines’ development challenges.

The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest contiguous rainforest. It is unequalled in its biodiversity, with a rich array of wildlife often found nowhere else in the world. It is also the second largest global “sink” for carbon, the most important gas implicated in global warming.

Through this $10.25 million grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID is supporting the education of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the education of children from communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, which are hosting these TDP families.

USAID’s Civil Society Strengthening Program (CSSP) aims to take advantage of new constitutional prerogatives for including citizens in the public policy process. Acting as a platform to facilitate dialogue and exchange, CSSP encourages greater collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs) and different governmental and institutional actors. The program supports Moroccan CSOs in their policy advocacy efforts, accompanied by technical assistance in developing their constituent networks, forming effective coalitions, and developing sound policy recommendations.

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Last updated: August 26, 2016