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USAID Learn to Read, a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will complement government efforts to improve reading skills for children from the pre-primary level to second grade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. With a special focus on children who do not speak Lao and children with disabilities, the activity will help to improve the quality of basic education in the country.

USAID Laos Microenterprise, a five-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will strengthen the competitiveness of agricultural microenterprises in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

On November 4, a UN–Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy reached the informal Rukban settlement—located along the Syria–Jordan border berm—from Syria’s capital city of Damascus, delivering food, health, nutrition, and other assistance sufficient for 50,000 people, according to the UN. In addition, the UN simultaneously vaccinated children against measles and polio at the settlement. Access to humanitarian assistance has remained limited for settlement residents since mid-January, when a UN operation from Jordan last delivered food and relief commodities to Rukban.

October 2018 - The train ride from Kyiv, Ukraine’s bustling capital, to Kramatorsk, the new capital of the Ukrainian government-controlled side of Donetsk Oblast, is a modern, quiet, six-hour journey. With free wifi and televisions showing cute cat videos and animated shorts, today’s Ukrainian train is a reminder of the changes the country’s seen in recent years. These modern trains first hit the rails in 2012, moving travelers to cities in comfort across the country.

USAID West Bank/Gaza and the U.S. Embassy in Israel jointly invest in Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants, which support Israelis and Palestinians, as well as Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, working on issues of common concern. The CMM program is part of a worldwide effort to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflict in people-to-people reconciliation activities. These activities provide opportunities to address issues, reconcile differences, and promote greater understanding and mutual trust by working on common goals such as economic development, environment, health, education, sports, music, and information technology. Since the program’s start in 2004, USAID and the U.S. Embassy have invested in 136 CMM grants.

Agribusiness is essential to stimulating rural development, generating employment opportunities, and creating stable foundations for broader economic growth. USAID’s Agribusiness Development project helps generate jobs and increase household incomes in targeted rural regions of BiH by supporting the development and expansion of cornichon, vegetable, and berry production and sales for small-scale farmers. This is a 30-month, $432,000 project implemented by MKF Partner.

The project will establish the Via Dinarica corridor in BiH as a community-owned and operated rural tourism product that provides sustainable livelihoods for businesses and communities situated along the trails. The program will identify and map value chains along the trails featuring cultural, traditional, natural, and gastronomic products, and integrate them into tourism packages. 


On September 17, the Government of the Russian Federation (GoRF) and Government of Turkey (GoT) agreed to establish a 9–15 mile-wide demilitarized zone surrounding Idlib Governorate, separating Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) forces from armed opposition groups (AOGs) and militant elements, international media report. The GoT noted that the agreement could prevent the further deterioration of humanitarian conditions by halting or delaying an anticipated SARG offensive on Idlib, which the UN estimates could displace up to 900,000 people in northwestern Syria.

Under the project, USAID partners with the American University of Central Asia to provide need- and merit-based scholarships to students, enhance research capacity of faculty and students, and facilitate accreditation of the Business Administration program of AUCA. The project supports the unique higher education model in the Kyrgyz Republic based on traditions of a liberal arts education.

The three year Public Pulse III project is a continuation of Public Pulse I and II (initially launched jointly with UNDP in 2010). This project will continue the work on research and analysis of pertinent issues as a watchdog that will constructively engage the Government of Kosovo and public institutions in research.


Last updated: January 17, 2019

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