Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

Some corners of Kosovo’s major cities could easily be mistaken for Milan or Paris, with flashy designer shops and boutiques lining the streets. But unlike Milan and Paris—which attract designers from all over the world—Kosovo’s designers are all home-grown and draw from a rich 200-year history in textiles.

When Liza Gashi was accepted into a leadership program in the United States, her work in co-founding a local Kosovo NGO and its diaspora program were important factors in the award of her scholarship. Having graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s in public administration, Gashi is now back in Kosovo, leading the diaspora effort and helping young Kosovars to apply for international baccalaureate programs around the world.

Еще три года назад Яна Дашкевич не могла и представить, что она возродит общественную организацию, переживавшую трудные времена, и сможет помочь десяткам детей, находящихся в уязвимом положении.

Tháng 9/2016 -- Hiệu quả năng lượng trong ngành xây dựng đang trở thành một lĩnh vực thu hút nhiều sự quan tâm tại Việt Nam do quá trình công nghiệp hóa và đô thị hóa ngày càng cao khiến tiêu thụ năng lượng gia tăng nhanh chóng. Năm 2012, ngành xây dựng sử dụng 38% lượng điện tiêu thụ của cả nước, và nhu cầu năng lượng dự đoán sẽ tiếp tục tăng do dân số ở thành thị ngày càng tăng lên.

“Before, there was indiscriminate logging. There were not enough fish because they were extracted en masse by people from outside our community,” explains the inhabitant of San Pedro, one of the communities surrounding the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Regional Conservation Area, located in the Loreto region of Peru.

The work of Vietnam’s National Assembly (NA) is most effective when its deputies are well-informed and prepared to participate in active debate. To that end, research staff from the NA library respond to information requests from the assembly’s 500 deputies.

Jessica Nguyen had gender reassignment surgery, but for years her passport and identification did not reflect this important change in her gender identity. Potential employers would not hire her because they did not know how to classify her, as male or female. Her employment search became an experience in stigma and discrimination.

Walk by the average Vietnamese construction site and you will probably see some heads without hard hats, people without vests, bare feet or sandals and minimal harnesses or fall protection. As in many developing countries, lower costs are still often prioritized over worker safety on the average local building project.

The Mogadishu Book Fair has exposed the other side of Somalia’s capital city. The fair, held Aug. 17-19, brought together authors, poets, academics, playwrights, motivational speakers and literary scholars from across the Somali region and around the world. It showcased more than 3,000 books covering all types of literature from comedy, drama and romance to satire, tragedy and nonfiction.


Last updated: February 01, 2017