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.

The Kokkilai Lagoon lies on the border between Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces. Its shores are home to 448 families, split nearly equally between Sinhalese and Tamils. During the 30-year civil war, many of these families were displaced.  When the war ended and they began returning in 2009, misunderstandings between the communities soon arose, often around fishing, the area’s main livelihood.

All around Yemen in the evening, the electricity often goes out and the country’s teens and young adults are left idle with few productive activities or social diversions. Yemeni youth, like youth anywhere in the world, crave achievement for their own futures. Without outward signs of opportunity, big dreams about the future will fade.

Që nga themelimi i tij në vitin 2000, Instituti Gjyqësor i Kosovës (IGjK) është shndërruar në një hallkë kyçe e arsimimit të vazhdueshëm ligjor, duke ofruar trajnime të rregullta për gjyqtarë, prokurorë dhe profesionistë të tjerë ligjorë. Roli i këtij institucioni ka marrë më tepër rëndësi në vitin 2013, gjatë ristrukturimit të gjykatave dhe prokurorive të vendit.

The theme for the 2013 World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, was “Sharing Responsibility—Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” USAID's work in Brazil has strengthened civil society organizations to advocate for prevention policies, programs and strategies that address the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, and has helped to build one of the world’s most effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Since its establishment in 2000, the Kosovo Judicial Institute (KJI) has become a crucial center for continuing legal education, offering regular training for judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals. The role of this institution has become particularly significant in 2013 during the re-structuring of the country’s courts and prosecution offices.

Although the organization’s duties have gradually expanded, the KJI staff continued to use outdated data collection and management computer programs, keeping them buried in paperwork and unable to meet reporting requirements.

Od svog osnivanja 2000. godine, Pravni institut Kosova (PIK) postao je ključni centar za kontinuirano pravno obrazovanje, nudeći redovnu obuku za sudije, tužioce i druge pravnike. Uloga ove institucije postala je posebno važna 2013. god. u toku restrukturiranja sudova i tužilaštava u zemlji. Iako su se dužnosti organizacije postepeno proširivale, službenici PIK nastavili su da koriste zastarele računarske programe za prikupljanje podataka i upravljanje njima, što ih je zakopalo u papirologiji i zbog čega nisu uspeli da ispune uslove podnošenja izveštaja.

Clad in a rainbow of colors and frills, the moms spill from the waiting rooms into the corridor, holding babies who are bouncing, sleeping and crying.

It’s a busy day at a clinic outside Bujumbura, Burundi. It’s the day that women can come for antenatal checkups, bring their babies and small children for vaccinations—and receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

When asked whether bed nets really do prevent malaria, the mothers shout a chorus of responses:

“Yes, they are important!”

“That’s one of the reasons why we came.”

“They keep us healthy.”

Since popular uprisings in Yemen in 2011, the country has been undergoing a political transition. As part of USAID’s work in Yemen to enhance local participation and democracy, the Agency has been helping the transitional government and the Yemeni people to come together to build a government responsive to citizens’ calls for reduced corruption, access to services and increased economic opportunity.

Although the Government of Yemen is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, those with hearing and speech disabilities still face exclusion and limited access to public services and government resources available to other members of society, including public education.

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Last updated: June 09, 2015