Fact Sheets

The Electoral Reform and Civic Advocacy (AERCA) project supports an Afghan-led electoral reform process that addresses inadequacies that were highlighted in past Afghan elections. The current electoral system does not yet allow for full representation of Afghan citizens and limits opportunity for the growth of effective political opposition. In response, AERCA engages with reform-minded civil society advocates to support improvements in the electoral system and facilitates public opinion research on electoral reform and democracy issues.

While the international community has long supported activities that facilitate inclusion of marginalized populations in civic and political decision-making in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), these groups are often overlooked or ignored by the BiH Government. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) must meet European standards and criteria to become a candidate for EU accession and become an attractive destination for private foreign and domestic investment. 

All contacts related to the last confirmed EVD case in Liberia graduate from observation. The Government of Guinea (GoG) launches its first stay-at-home campaign in Forécariah Prefecture. Seven of Sierra Leone’s 14 districts have exceeded 42 days with no new confirmed EVD cases. Treatment capacity now surpasses demand as a result of declining EVD cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Proper hygiene promotes good health. The Municipal Services Program (MSP) works in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces to upgrade the drinking water and sanitation systems, improve management and service delivery systems, and create public awareness campaigns on good hygiene habits.

USAID is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the Mangla hydroelectric power station located in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. The main objective of the project is to add 90 MW to the national grid through the refurbishment and up­gradation of the power plant which will improve the reliability and availability of this power plant for the next 20­25 years.

The Women's Hostel Project supports the construction of a new women's dormitory at Forman Christian College in Lahore. The new women's hostel provides 384 additional beds, thus permitting the university to accept more women students, especially at the graduate level. 

The Agricultural Innovation Program is helping USAID meet its goal of improving the economic lives of citizens by improving the productivity of farm enterprises through research and dissemination of innovative, improved technology. 

The USAID Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience project (SHAHAR) is supporting the Afghan government-led initiative to create well-governed and fiscally-sustainable municipalities that meet the needs of the rapidly growing urban population. The project partners with 20 municipalities, four of which serve as regional economic hubs. The project has full-time, embedded staff in 10 of these municipalities, namely: Kandahar, Lashkar Gah, Shibirghan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Aybak, Pule Khumri, Puli Alam, Ghazni, Chaharikar and Mihterlam. The regions are selected jointly with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and the Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (DMM).

The USAID Initiative to Strengthen Local Administrations (ISLA) project seeks to improve Afghan provincial governance in the areas of fiscal and development planning, citizen representation, and enhanced public service delivery. Major challenges to be addressed include poor integration of provincial priorities in the national government’s planning and budget, and weak top-down and bottom-up information exchanges.

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Last updated: January 24, 2017