Stability in Key Areas – South (SIKA-S) promoted stabilization and good governance in some of Afghanistan’s most historically unstable and weakly-governed provinces.
Led by the Afghan Government’s Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), SIKA-East is designed to promote stability in key areas of eastern Afghanistan.
USAID/Malawi supports institutional strengthening and increased citizen participation in decision-making. USAID provided significant assistance during Malawi’s May 2014 tripartite election for President, Parliament, and Local Councilors—the first election of its kind in Malawi’s history. By raising awareness of electoral rights and processes, USAID’s Democracy and Governance office created a better and more informed electorate, ensured fewer irregularities during the election process, and spurred higher voter turnout. Activities increased citizens’ opportunities for engaging with government officials and therefore cultivated democratic legitimacy and inclusion. It had been nearly 10 years since local leaders were in office, and these elections presented a unique opportunity to reintroduce elected governance at the district level. Therefore, post-election, USAID focused on strengthening citizens’ participation in local government decision-making. USAID cultivates a positive working relationship between the newly elected local councilors and citizens’ groups in targeted districts and helps local civil society organizations (CSOs) operate better.
WHO releases guidance for decommissioning EVD care facilities.
Staff from the Government of Liberia (GoL) Ministry of Health (MoH) visit Liberian counties to discuss decommissioning EVD treatment units (ETUs).
International and local EVD response actors meet in Guinea’s capital city of Conakry to finalize a three-year plan to revive the Guinean health care system.
Nearly one million OVC have lost one or both parents to AIDS. According to UNICEF, one-fifth of Malawian households are looking after OVC, and many of these households are headed by girls, women and elderly women. The majority of families caring for OVC in Malawi lack the means to provide basic necessities. OVC very often lack parental care and proper nutrition, have inadequate shelter and limited access to education and healthcare, and are at an increased risk of exploitation and abuse.
“Being LGBT in Asia” is a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind initiative to support Asia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
- Last confirmed EVD case dies in Liberia; no new confirmed cases detected since March 20
- Sierra Leone’s three-day stay-at-home period occurs with widespread compliance
- President of Guinea Alpha Condé declares a 45-day health emergency period; closes border between Guinea and Sierra Leone
Syria enters its fifth year of conflict. Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate. U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion.
To strengthen a culture of applied research, USAID launched the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (USPCAS) in 2015. USPCAS connects three U.S. universities with expertise in energy, agriculture, and water with four Pakistani universities to modernize curricula, conduct joint research, and foster student and faculty exchanges.
Last updated: April 28, 2016