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.
In a quiet alley in the southern part of the capital city of Hanoi, a man and a woman are seated on small plastic stools, conferring in low tones. The man drinks a glass of tea while the woman pulls out a sheaf of perforated papers—referral slips—and begins filling one out. She hands the slip of paper to her companion and explains its purpose as he sips his drink, nodding.
May 2014—Most poor families in Bangladesh who marry off their daughters before they turn 18—the legal age of marriage for girls—say that poverty forces them to make the choice. The result, for most girls who marry early, is more poverty, higher rates of maternal and infant mortality, and increased susceptibility to violence and disease.
But what happens when a poor family makes a different choice—to keep its girls in school rather than marry them off?
July 2014—Forests hold a wealth of biodiversity. Peru’s Amazon rainforest ranks third in the world for biodiversity, and is the basis for the survival of hundreds of native communities. In these communities, women are the gatekeepers of ancestral knowledge for the use of non-timber forest resources such as seeds and medicinal plants.
As part of an effort to make it simpler and more predictable to do business in Mozambique, the country recently revised regulations governing ad hoc public holidays, turning what was previously an economic drain into an economic opportunity.
Hiljade nastavnika osnovnih škola na Kosovu uče kako da efikasnije podučavaju svoje učenike i brzo utvrde da li oni absorbuju lekcije.
Mijëra mësimdhënës të shkollave fillore në Kosovë po mësojnë se si t’i udhëzojnë nxënësit e tyre në mënyrë më të efektshme dhe të përcaktojnë me shpejtësi nëse mësimet po kuptohen si duhet.
When Sania and Manizha Wafeq noticed that women in Kabul were becoming more fashion conscious and that they had more disposable income, the sisters set up a clothes company to cater to the trend.
Until recently, Afghan farmers in Zhari and Panjwayi districts in southern Kandahar province had been using local methods for leveling, plowing, irrigating and spreading seeds. They used animals to prepare their land for cultivation and spent days preparing a small piece of land for farming.
Last updated: December 31, 2014