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.

July 2014—Wheat is the most important crop in Afghanistan, produced by 78 percent of farmers, with wheat flour serving as a staple of the Afghan diet. Since many Afghans rely on the crop for their livelihoods and daily meals, USAID provides financial and technical assistance to the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to aggressively support wheat producers.

За последние шесть лет более 600 людей с инвалидностью из Беларуси получили поддержку от Агентства США по международному развитию (USAID) в работе по укреплению своих организаций, развитию инновационных услуг для инвалидов, а также в расширении адвокативной деятельности по продвижению инклюзивных практик.

June 2014—While USAID is working to increase the use of contracts throughout Kosovo’s private sector, the lack of written agreements has been particularly problematic in the construction industry, where disputes often lead to significant delay in much-needed infrastructure.

June 2014—Each year, the World Bank publishes its Doing Business report—a survey of the ease of doing business around the world that includes 189 countries and 10 indicators. In this year’s report, Mozambique’s ranking rose 46 positions for the construction permit indicator, from 123rd place in 2013 to 77th in 2014.

May 2014Last month, Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) began the formidable task of outlining a set of principles for governing the country. With just five of the assembly’s 60 seats held by women, concerns abound that the voices of Libyan women will not be sufficiently heard during this important political conversation.

May 2014—Astou Dieng is the chief nurse at Senegal’s Bagadadgi health post, based in a rural community more than 700 kilometers from Dakar and serving more than 17,500 individuals from 91 small villages. One of her main concerns is persuading community members to visit a health professional as soon as they are ill.

May 2014After ridding the country of 42 years of dictatorship, Libyans are now faced with the daunting task of establishing a united vision for the future. Preparations are under way for an independent National Dialogue process to bring Libyans together to discuss issues of national importance and build consensus around them.

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives is providing the National Dialogue Preparatory Commission (NDPC) with strategic communications support and technical assistance to expand the Commission’s reach and build credibility for the process.

May 2014—During the 2012-2013 growing season, many farmers in Malawi were affected by extended drought. But the Mtumbwe farmers of Balaka district were thriving, successfully selling their crops to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), earning profits as never before.

The Mtumbwe farmers are a group of 125 smallholders who receive support from a USAID food assistance program run by a Catholic Relief Services-led consortium.

May 2014—Fereshta Abbasi always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Now, as a law graduate, adviser to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the first Afghan national to serve as a judge in the world’s largest international moot court competition, she has actualized her ambitions.

In the past, many Afghan women did not have access to a university education and the chance to develop the skills needed for a public service career. Abbasi is one of a growing number of exceptional Afghan women who are breaking new ground.


Last updated: November 13, 2015