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.

When Kandahar municipality in southern Afghanistan actively started to spread the word about job opportunities in local government, it was the first step towards becoming more effective. The municipality set out to attract and retain trained staff. With the support of USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South, Kandahar developed a training and recruitment scheme. Technical experts trained 12 high school graduates to design and manage municipal construction projects. All the trainees were subsequently recruited by the municipality’s engineering department.

Herat University has expanded its teachers’ training program thanks to a brand new College of Education. In the new building, the university is training teaching instructors. They will be a crucial element of Herat’s attempt to improve education across the province by upgrading the skills and knowledge of its teachers. The instructors being trained at the College of Education will fan out and provide continuing education classes to teachers. They will also certify teachers’ qualifications.

Just three days at a business conference and Rabiya Maryam’s life – and work – changed forever. She runs a small company in Afghanistan, which manufactures silk handicrafts, and says she benefitted enormously from the networking opportunities and inspirational real-life stories at the South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Despite a fast-growing economy, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is prone to weather-related shocks and experiences high levels of food insecurity, particularly among rural populations and smallholder farmers. Women farmers perform up to 75 percent of farm labor, representing 70 percent of household food production in Ethiopia. But they typically produce up to 35 percent less than male farmers because they have lower levels of access to extension services and inputs such as seeds and fertilizer.

When nine municipalities in northern Afghanistan invited members of the public to discuss the budget, it marked a turning point in the relationship between the area’s local governments and the people they serve.

USAID assistance enabled Plastic Electromechanic Company (PEC) to boost efficiency on its main manufacturing floor and newer facilities by identifying specific measurable improvement goals and setting targets for dozens of manufacturing chain elements—a strategy modeled after international best practice. 

On June 5, 2012, more than 3,500 Ukrainian aspiring judges participated in the second national anonymous test of judicial candidates conducted by the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC) with support from the USAID FAIR Justice Project. According to the Law of Ukraine on the Judiciary and Status of Judges, the test (examination) is a mandatory first stage in the process of judicial selection. The goal of the test is to identify the level of legal knowledge of candidates to ensure an objective and merit-based judicial selection process.

This year 87 young Ukrainians received the certificates for participation in the Internship Program. The certificates were awarded by Deputy Secretary General of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Markov and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine Eric T. Schultz. This year marks the 17th year of operation of the Parliamentary Internship program and the 4th year of the Executive Internship program, both through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Since January 2011, 1,100 visitors have learned about the Crimean Parliament through Guided Tours made possible by USAID assistance.

A group of young people are speaking excitedly as they are exiting the Verkhovna Rada (VR) of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC). They are sharing their impressions after a guided tour of the VR premises in which they have just participated.


Last updated: January 16, 2015