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.

May 2014—Most poor families in Bangladesh who marry off their daughters before they turn 18—the legal age of marriage for girls—say that poverty forces them to make the choice. The result, for most girls who marry early, is more poverty, higher rates of maternal and infant mortality, and increased susceptibility to violence and disease.

But what happens when a poor family makes a different choice—to keep its girls in school rather than marry them off?

July 2014—Forests hold a wealth of biodiversity. Peru’s Amazon rainforest ranks third in the world for biodiversity, and is the basis for the survival of hundreds of native communities. In these communities, women are the gatekeepers of ancestral knowledge for the use of non-timber forest resources such as seeds and medicinal plants.

Going against the tide of politics and tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), women parliamentarians have come together to form the country's first issues-based caucus, one that centers on common interests rather than party platforms. 
 
With USAID support, 22 women members of the House of Representatives of the Federation of BiH (FBiH), one of the country’s two governmental entities, united to form the caucus in early 2013. It was the first women’s caucus in the entire region.  
 

As part of an effort to make it simpler and more predictable to do business in Mozambique, the country recently revised regulations governing ad hoc public holidays, turning what was previously an economic drain into an economic opportunity.

Hiljade nastavnika osnovnih škola na Kosovu uče kako da efikasnije podučavaju svoje učenike i brzo utvrde da li oni absorbuju lekcije.

Mijëra mësimdhënës të shkollave fillore në Kosovë po mësojnë se si t’i udhëzojnë nxënësit e tyre në mënyrë më të efektshme dhe të përcaktojnë me shpejtësi nëse mësimet po kuptohen si duhet.

Until recently, Arghistan—a district in the southern Afghan state of Kandahar that borders Pakistan—imported most of its vegetables from Pakistan and grew poppy instead. It was the only crop that would flourish without water or modern farming techniques, there being no water in Arghistan’s irrigation canals

In 2014, a very high vegetable and potato yield in the Rohatyn district of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast in Western Ukraine pleased the members of the Lypivsky cooperative. Higher yields, however, revealed the inadequacy of existing storage facilities, which are essential for enabling agricultural sales throughout the year, including during the winter months when prices are highest.

Qershor 2015 – Kur struktura e re e Gjyqësorit hyri në fuqi në Kosovë, në janar të vitit 2013, gjykatat fituan një model më efektiv për punën e tyre të ardhshme, mirëpo vazhduan të përballen me numrin e madh të lëndëve të grumbulluara që ishin lënë pazgjidhur nën sistemin e vjetër.  

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Last updated: August 26, 2015