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USAID’s Rural and Economic Development Office (RED) is laying the groundwork for a sustainable peace by strengthening rural producer associations and value chains; increasing rural financial inclusion; promoting equitable and secure land tenure; and strengthening community organizations to help them become more effective advocates for their development priorities and participants in peace implementation.

Colombia is a complex country with many contrasts.  While ranked by the World Bank as an upper-middle income country, half of all rural households still live in poverty.  This is largely due to an armed conflict, lasting more than fifty years, that has devastated rural communities across the country. Despite the optimism surrounding the peace accord, the country will only truly be able to turn the page when various factors are met, including when rural Colombian communities are fully on the path towards inclusive economic growth. 

The U.S. Global Development Lab serves as an innovation hub. We take smart risks to test new ideas and partner within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and with other actors to harness the power of innovative tools and approaches that accelerate development impact.

Approximately 3.3 million people in Somalia are experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—or worse levels of acute food insecurity, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reported in November.4 FEWS NET and the USAID-supported Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) caution that parts of Somalia will remain at risk of Famine—IPC 5—through at least May 2018. Households across Somalia have reduced access to food and income following three consecutive poor rainy seasons, which resulted in below-average agricultural production and large-scale livestock losses, in addition to ongoing conflict.

USAID's Youth Ethnic Integration Project is a five-year, $5.8 million program dedicated to improving inter-ethnic integration in Macedonia.

Nhằm giúp nhiều người dân Việt Nam được hưởng lợi từ sự tăng trưởng và những người thiệt thòi tăng thu nhập một cách bền vững, Liên minh Sức sống Mê Kông Mở rộng (SSMKMR) hỗ trợ phụ nữ khu vực Đồng bằng sông Mê Kông phát triển kinh doanh nhỏ và nâng cao kỹ năng lãnh đạo và quản lý kinh doanh.

To help Vietnam’s growth benefit a broader population and sustainably raise incomes of marginalized people, the Mekong Vitality Expanded Alliance supports women’s microenterprise development and business leadership in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. The project delivers business skills training, improves linkages to trade and markets and uses mobile technology training to support women-led savings and loan groups that empower female entrepreneurs.

USAID collaborates with partners in India to stop disease outbreaks by closing gaps in early detection of threats.  Through a strategic response focused on the connections between animal and human health, USAID is strengthening India’s capacity to prevent and reduce outbreaks, detect threats early to save lives and respond with a rapid, coordinated effort.  

Building on over a decade of partnership and collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GOL), USAID/Liberia’s health program seeks to improve the health status of all Liberians, especially the most vulnerable: women, girls, newborns, children under age five, and most recently Ebola survivors.

The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest. Long standing impacts from the war, compounded by the 2015 school closure due to the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak, continue to take a toll on the fragile education system. Liberia is significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics. For example, the Primary School Net Enrollment Rate, the percentage of primary age students attending primary grades, is only 44 percent.

USAID Liberia is working to spur community and market revitalization in post-war Liberia through cross-cutting initiatives in infrastructure, energy, private sector competitiveness, agriculture, food security, and natural resources management.  Additionally, infrastructure and energy projects contribute to other USAID-supported education, health, and governance projects throughout Liberia.

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Last updated: February 17, 2018

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