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.

February 2016—Kosovo has a legal problem. A backlog of more than 400,000 cases await adjudication, and cases in the courts can last four to six years. More than 100,000 unenforced judgments particularly affect business disputes.

February 2016—Women with disabilities in Ukraine are receiving better access to health care now that medical professionals understand what it’s like to lack mobility.

January 2016—The majority of internally displaced persons in Ukraine face not only financial difficulties and trouble adapting to new surroundings, but also face prejudice from local citizens and say social exclusion is a major burden.

Internal conflict left the town of Menaka in northern Mali occupied by a succession of rebel groups for three years. It also left them without electricity.

"The development of a knowledge-based economy, primarily in the context of IT technologies, is Niš’s biggest opportunity for development,” said Dejan Pavlović, CEO of Ates Soft, one of the Niš Cluster of Advanced Technologies member companies that support the ICT Academy by offering job opportunities and experience to its graduates. “There is no time to waste. It’s time to take action!” he added.

In 2013, the country’s overall unemployment rate was greater than 20 percent, with youth unemployment exceeding 50 percent. Labor law restricted workplace flexibility, hiring procedures, and employment policies, leading businesses to stay out of the market and creating barriers for job creation. Yet, much of the Serbian population was uninformed about the key problems in the labor market, and some interested parties—such as trade and labor unions—feared that reforms would disrupt business and employment.

The unemployment rate for Serbian youth currently stands at nearly 50 percent countrywide. But they are starting to chart a new course in the technology sector that may change that figure.

Haji Hossein Payman established the Etimad Tailoring Co. and retail store in 2009, which produces suits, jeans, T-shirts and women’s dresses. He uses the best brands and highest quality products to win business and compete with foreign products available in the Afghanistan market.

Більшість вимушених переселенців в Україні стикаються не лише з фінансовими труднощами та з проблемами адаптації до нового середовища; багато з них також страждають від упередженого ставлення з боку місцевих мешканців і кажуть, що виключеність з суспільного життя їх дуже пригнічує.  

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Last updated: August 14, 2017