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.

Improved Judicial Selection Procedures Show Results.

More than 1,100 candidates successfully passed 2012 nationwide judicial selection testing conducted by the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC) and now will compete to fill nearly 1,000 vacant judicial positions. The standardized, objective and transparent system for testing judicial candidates is the result of assistance that USAID provided to the HQC through the Ukraine Rule of Law Project and its successor the FAIR Justice Project (FAIR) since 2007.

“When we first started talking about HIV and AIDS, people would throw stones at us and chase us away,” says Zahra Daher. “It was as if by telling them about it we were bringing them the infection.”

Daher is head of the women’s group Alhamdou—“Thanks to God” in Somali. In 2004, she was one of few who dared mention HIV/AIDS despite the sizeable number of people dying from it in her community, the site of a large, international truck stop.

Кодекс професійної етики судді був вперше ухвалений з’їздом суддів України понад десять років тому. Проте, з часом він ввійшов у конфлікт з нормативно-правовими документами, які стосуються судової гілки влади. Тож невдовзі, судова спільнота зрозуміла, що Кодекс, за яким вона жила, суперечить положенням Закону України «Про судоустрій і статус суддів», який був прийнятий у 2010 р., а також не зовсім враховує вимоги документів Ради Європи і Бангалорські принципи ООН про стандарти суддівської поведінки (2006 р.).

The United States Agency for International Development’s Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Project (LEP) - Pravova Krayina - held its Second National Awards Ceremony today to recognize Ukrainian lawyers and law firms that have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing free legal services to those in need. Vadym Halaychuk, the managing partner of the Moore & Associates law firm, and Serhiy Antonov, Director of the international law firm, Center for Medical and Pharmaceutical Law were honored this year.

Ukraine’s original Code of Judicial Ethics (Code) was approved by the Congress of Judges of Ukraine more than 10 years ago, but the Code failed to keep pace with other legal developments in the justice sector. The Ukrainian judiciary soon found that its Code contradicted the Law of Ukraine on the Judiciary and Status of Judges adopted in 2010 and failed to comply with the United Nations Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct adopted in 2002 and other international standards of judicial conduct.

This new building sits on the site of a groundbreaking public-private partnership.

Later this year, it will be part of a new SafeTStop--a health center designed to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria and TB services for local community members as well as thousands of truckers who arrive from Ethiopia everyday carrying goods to and from the Port of Djibouti.

Farmer Mahdy Saleh Al Nagar, 25, is one of several Yemeni farmers inspired by innovations at the Sawan demonstration site in Sana’a. The site currently showcases a greenhouse that can produce up to 10 times more vegetables than a traditional field while using 92 percent fewer pesticides than other greenhouses.

The greenhouse also includes a solar panel that powers a humidity-regulating fan, water pump and a highly efficient drip irrigation system that conserves water by 70 percent. To demonstrate further sustainable water solutions in a place where they are most needed, USAID recently completed construction of a rainwater-harvesting system on the site as well.

After receiving leadership training targeted to encourage civic engagement, 90 youth from one of Sri Lanka’s most conflict-affected areas are sharing their new skills with others from around the country. At a USAID-funded forum held in May 2013, young people from the community of Tellapalai in northern Sri Lanka interacted with 80 youth representing six districts in the eastern, southern and northern regions of the country. The exchange promoted cooperation, respect and friendship among the youth, as well as a commitment to serve their communities.

Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war destroyed much of the infrastructure in Kilinochchi, including a children’s park where local children once played. In the park’s former space, a war monument was erected that now reminds residents daily of the suffering they endured.


Last updated: September 30, 2015