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.

February 2016—Transitions from authoritarian rule to multiparty democracy are often contentious, rocky affairs. But public radio and an organized dose of openness helped Guinea avert violence in 2015 that marred its 2010 election.

Lack of information can quickly spawn destructive rumors and misinformation that fuels conflict. Last October, USAID’s Radio Synergy program trained and deployed more than a 130 journalists in all 33 Guinean prefectures to support communications for the National Independent Electoral Commission.

Aq modern, në fakt, sa që zgjidhja alternative e kontesteve (ZAK) paraqet boshtin kurrizor të së drejtës ndërkombëtare. Meqë shtetet e ndryshme kanë sisteme të ndryshme ligjore, kontestet ndërkombëtare vështirë zgjidhen në gjykata. Metoda të ngjashme alternative mund të përdoren edhe për të zgjidhur konteste në mes të kompanive apo individëve.

Februar 2016. – Kosovo ima pravni problem. Nagomilan broj od preko 400.000 nerešenih predmeta čeka presudu, a pojedini predmeti u sudovima mogu da traju od četiri do šest godina. Više od 100.000 neizvršenih presuda posebno pogađaju poslovne sporove.

February 2016—Kosovo has a legal problem. A backlog of more than 400,000 cases await adjudication, and cases in the courts can last four to six years. More than 100,000 unenforced judgments particularly affect business disputes.

February 2016—Women with disabilities in Ukraine are receiving better access to health care now that medical professionals understand what it’s like to lack mobility.

January 2016—The majority of internally displaced persons in Ukraine face not only financial difficulties and trouble adapting to new surroundings, but also face prejudice from local citizens and say social exclusion is a major burden.

"The development of a knowledge-based economy, primarily in the context of IT technologies, is Niš’s biggest opportunity for development,” said Dejan Pavlović, CEO of Ates Soft, one of the Niš Cluster of Advanced Technologies member companies that support the ICT Academy by offering job opportunities and experience to its graduates. “There is no time to waste. It’s time to take action!” he added.

In 2013, the country’s overall unemployment rate was greater than 20 percent, with youth unemployment exceeding 50 percent. Labor law restricted workplace flexibility, hiring procedures, and employment policies, leading businesses to stay out of the market and creating barriers for job creation. Yet, much of the Serbian population was uninformed about the key problems in the labor market, and some interested parties—such as trade and labor unions—feared that reforms would disrupt business and employment.

The unemployment rate for Serbian youth currently stands at nearly 50 percent countrywide. But they are starting to chart a new course in the technology sector that may change that figure.

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Last updated: February 12, 2016