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.
The United States Government, through USAID, is working closely with different political actors – political parties, government entities, civil society organizations (CSO), and civil society as a whole – to help them build their capacities, facilitate citizen participation, and ensure sustainable participatory governance.
Strengthening reading skills at the primary level is the most effective way to improve overall learning achievement and help curb primary grade dropout rates. To achieve this, USAID, through its partnership with the Ministry of Education, supports their ambitious reform efforts through planned activities that will improve students’ learning outcomes and promote higher levels of educational attainment as a result of targeting primary level learning achievement.
With an unemployment rate over 20 percent for university graduates, and an estimated 300,000 new entrants to the job market each year, USAID and the Government of Morocco share youth employability as not only a top priority for national policy and economic growth, but a wise investment in Morocco’s future.
In September 2015, USAID, in close partnership with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, launched the, “Reading for Success-Small-Scale Experimentation” (RFS-SSE) early-grade reading program. This activity is designed to develop and test the most effective approaches for strengthening children’s Arabic reading skills in targeted primary schools.
The Favorable Opportunities to Reinforce Self-Advancement for Today’s Youth Project (FORSATY) seeks to prevent youth delinquency and reduce recidivism among at-risk youth.
Last updated: April 29, 2017