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.

For the people of Kosovo, family is the foundation of a vibrant culture that values bringing people together regularly to celebrate the big events, like holidays and weddings, as well as the commonplace, like traditional family lunch on a Sunday afternoon. In many of the country’s remote villages, community is a vital extension of the family unit—with families regularly working together in farm cooperatives and town councils.

July 2014—Mohammad Anwar, a construction materials wholesaler in the western city of Herat, Afghanistan, gloomily recalls the construction of a road in 2003 that fell prey to damage in under six months. With a poor rating from Herat residents, the local municipal government recognized that reforms to Herat’s construction monitoring practices were overdue.

July 2014—Two-thirds of Peru’s territory is covered by forest with potential for permanent forest production. This production, however, is threatened by illegal logging, one of the country’s most significant environmental, economic and social challenges.

Коррупция в судебной системе сводит на нет усилия по укреплению принципа верховенства права во всей стране. С учетом этого, при поддержке Программы USAID-IDLO по укреплению судебной системы Кыргызстана, противодействие коррупции стало краеугольным камнем в работе Верховного Суда.

Pari Taota village, located just outside Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, is one of many Pacific Island communities besieged by the effects of climate change and other natural events. Now its challenges are represented on Google Maps.

Aug. 2014—It was supposed to be a regular USAID workshop in the Philippines' Davao City to provide Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) chief executives with leadership skills to improve their local school boards. But as the day progressed, it became much more.

Bayanihan, or the spirit of helping one’s neighbor, binds local officials in the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, thanks to recent workshops for local school boards.

The call for local government executives to keep a high level of integrity was never more apparent among peers than during local school board workshops conducted in the Philippines in November 2013 under a USAID project.

July 2014—Jessie Lebanan, Elizabeth Entienza, and Emerlita Balasbas are clearing a path for Filipino micro-entrepreneurs and cooperatives to better manage their money and receive loan proceeds through a new, unconventional method.

With high transportation costs and long travel times, many Filipinos lack access to financial services. As a result, they miss opportunities to manage and grow their money. So USAID has engaged local governments, businesses and financial institutions to deliver banking services via the one tool that nearly all Filipinos possess—their mobile phones.


Last updated: January 14, 2015