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July 15, 2011

A global call for innovations that have the potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns at the time of birth elicited more than 600 submissions from all over the world including the United States, Canada and low-and middle-income countries. After much review, the field has been narrowed down to 77 innovators that show the most potential to meet the call for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.

July 14, 2011

"Today, I congratulate the Partners PrEP and CDC TDF2 teams on their study findings demonstrating that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - and HIV medication when taken orally, once a day - is highly effective in preventing HIV in heterosexual men and women. Today's news is encouraging and provides clear evidence that PrEP can substantially reduce the risk of HIV infection. The next step is to determine how these scientific findings can be put to use in real world settings.

July 12, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its second seminar, entitled "A Greener Revolution: Improving Productivity and Increasing Food Security by Enhancing Ecosystem Services."

July 11, 2011

In response to the unfolding drought in the Horn of Africa, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute approximately 19,000 metric tons (MT) of food to assist Somalis in need. This food was already strategically prepositioned in regional warehouses to ensure rapid delivery and distribution to women and children in Somalia.

July 11, 2011

It took the human race until the year 1804 to reach a world population of 1 billion. A mere 207 years later, 7 billion people will inhabit the planet we call home. This year, World Population Day allows us to focus attention on the effects growing populations have on the environment, the availability of natural resources and perhaps most importantly, the health of women and children.

July 11, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has created a field guide for USAID Democracy and Governance Officers entitled "Assistance to Civilian Law Enforcement in Developing Countries" (pdf, 1.7mb). This first-ever guide serves as a critically needed roadmap for the United States Government in implementing law enforcement development assistance. It provides an invaluable analytical and programming framework for the whole of government to promote sustainable institutional law enforcement development.

July 11, 2011

Richard Greene was sworn in last week as the new Mission Director for Bangladesh for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah administered the oath.

July 7, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today launched an international joint initiative to address global development challenges.

July 7, 2011

 In the wake of the worst drought in the Horn of Africa since the 1950s, more than 10 million people—primarily in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia—are in need of emergency assistance. In response to this urgent need, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is standing up a Nairobi-based Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help expedite additional U.S. Government humanitarian aid to the Horn.

July 7, 2011

As South Sudan prepares for independence on July 9, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Kevin Mullally as the first mission director to the new country. Stationed in Juba, South Sudan, Mullally will oversee a development program that will focus on developing the promising agriculture sector; delivering essential services including health and education to citizens; strengthening governance that is effective, inclusive, and accountable; and helping to prevent or mitigate conflict. USAID Counselor Hilda M. Arellano administered the oath of office at the swearing-in ceremony.

July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development will be hosting a series of weekly seminars this summer at the National Press Club. The forums provide an opportunity to explore a range of development topics, innovative approaches, and diverse experiences among USAID and the development community.

July 1, 2011

On July 7, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) initiative. This international, interagency alliance will address challenges that affect both the United States and the developing world by reinforcing existing relationships and creating new connections.

June 28, 2011

A major citizen security conference organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State and the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded that governments, citizens and businesses must work together to strengthen communities and combat crime in the Americas.

June 27, 2011

The second Annual Program Statement (APS) for USAID's Development Innovation Ventures program was released last week. This APS, which serves as a call for applications, reflects input from a wide range of stakeholders.

June 22, 2011

On June 24, the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) will convene a public meeting and host a ceremonial swearing-in for new Board members, including a new Board chair. The public BIFAD coincides with the 2011 World Food Prize Announcement and Feed the Future Research Forum, which were held earlier this week.

June 21, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently hosted its fourth annual small business conference to provide small business leaders an opportunity to learn how they can participate in development assistance programs. USAID's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) coordinated the meeting around the theme, "USAID and Small Businesses: Moving Small Business Forward."

June 21, 2011

Today Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered remarks at the 2011 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Department of State. The former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, were jointly selected to receive the 2011 World Food Prize for their independent, personal commitment and visionary leadership in creating and implementing policies targeting the alleviation of hunger and poverty in their countries.

June 21, 2011

Today more than 300 members from the global agriculture research community gathered today to discuss and refine the research strategy for the Obama Administration's Feed the Future Initiative. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah opened a three-day Feed the Future Research Forum.“Just as we are making concentrated investments in selected value chains and geographic regions, Feed the Future is also strategically focusing our research agenda to maximize impact,” Administrator Shah said, “The discussion and feedback from this three-day forum will help the United States further refine our research strategy on food security to deliver the most effect results.”

June 17, 2011

Almost one billion people—one sixth of the world's population— suffer from chronic hunger. Each year, more than 3.5 million children die from under nutrition. Hunger robs the poor of a healthy and productive life and stunts the mental and physical development of the next generation. Reducing chronic hunger is essential to the sustainable development of individuals, communities and nations. 

June 16, 2011

On the 14 June, the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) met to discuss cooperation and collaboration on development assistance in the second US-EU High Level Consultative Group Meeting since the 2009 re-launch of the US-EU Development Dialogue. EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and USAID Dr Rajiv Shah stated:


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