Fact Sheets

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to be a top contributor to African economic growth and stability because of its size, resources, and geo-political importance. Strategically located at the center of the African continent and sharing borders with nine countries, the DRC is the second-largest country in Africa in terms of area and the fourth-largest in terms of population. It has unparalleled natural resource wealth, including cobalt, copper, gold, tantalum, tin, diamonds, petroleum, and water. However, extensive corruption, weak institutions and human capacity, coupled with a lack of basic infrastructure, mean that the pace of development for the average citizen remains slow. 

The Government of Liberia (GoL) reports three additional EVD cases linked to the Margibi County cluster, including one in Liberia’s Montserrado County; new confirmed case total reaches six. Recently extended Operation Northern Push strengthens contact tracing and EVD prevention activities in Sierra Leone. The Government of Guinea (GoG) and EVD response actors investigate source of infection for EVD-positive nurse in Forécariah Prefecture, the area’s first confirmed case among health care workers since March.


Akademija ženskog liderstva je dvogodišnji projekat koji realizuje Beogradski fond za političku izuzetnost. Akademija podržava žene lidere u naporima da povećaju učešće žena u lokalnim samoupravama i u promovisanju pitanja rodne ravnopravnosti.  


The Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is a two-year direct partnership with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE). WLA supports women leaders in increasing the participation of women in local governments and advancing gender equality agendas.


WLA will support women holding or running for office in 2016 and it will work with political parties to nominate female candidates.  It also will create new partnerships and networks throughout Serbia to advocate for gender equality.


Towards a More Sustainable and Innovative Civil Society in Serbia is a two-year direct grant implemented by Smart Kolektiv, a Serbian civil society organization (CSO). This project increases the capacities of CSOs to establish cross-sectoral partnerships, engage in social entrepreneurship, and diversify their funding resources. At the same time, the project works with the business community to increase its engagement with CSOs and promote innovative philanthropy mechanisms and corporate social responsibility (CRS).


Stvar izbora je dvogodišnji projekat koji sprovodi Nacionalna koalicija za decentralizaciju (NKD), lokalna mreža od 16 organizacija civilnog društva sa sedištem na jugu Srbije. Projekat podržava veću uključenost javnosti u demokratskim i izbornim procesima i zastupa bolju i bližu komunikaciju između građana Srbije i njihovih izabranih predstavnika. Takođe ima za cilj podizanje svesti javnosti o važnosti reprezentativnosti građana u demokratskom društvu i podršku učešću građana i njihov aktivizam u vršenju vlasti. 


Matter of Choice is a two-year direct grant implemented by the National Coalition for Decentralization (NCD), a local network of sixteen civil society organizations based in the south of Serbia. The project supports increased public participation in democratic electoral processes and advocates for better and closer interaction between Serbian citizens and their elected representatives. It also raises public awareness of the importance of citizens’ representation in a democratic society and supports citizens’ participation and activism in government. 

While we must continue to provide assistance to countries in crisis, fragile states and the world’s poorest, development assistance must be more than a tool to merely alleviate the effects of poverty. It must also be a tool to spur transformation. Since 2010, the United States has sharpened the focus of our global development investments to achieve sustainable development outcomes, leverage increased private capital flows, diversify the range of private sector and nongovernmental partners with whom we work, and invested in game-changing innovations.

USAID has partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) under the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program to build regional capacity of qualified technical trainers and technicians to install, operate, and troubleshoot off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the Pacific Islands.


Last updated: October 06, 2015