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.
"Kur morëm detyrën, nuk është se kishim vetëm një problem me energjetikën: ajo që gjetëm qe një 'kufomë” energjetike ," ka thënë Ministri shqiptar i Energjisë dhe Industrisë, Damian Gjiknuri. "Në sektorin e shpërndarjes kishte një mungesë totale investimesh, ndërsa operatori i shpërndarjes kish 1.1 miliardë dollarë borxh të akumuluar. E dinim që duhet të bënim diçka dhe e dinim që kishim nevojë për mbështetje nga jashtë."
Following elections last fall, USAID, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) trained elected officials to engage with citizens, especially with marginalized people representing rural communities, youth, women, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) populations, and persons with disabilities. The same populations were trained to communicate with elected officials.
Shelter for Life is a microfinance institution in Kabul that provides loans to businesses. But it found it hard to track loans. Its loan officers in different cities did not have a centralized database to consult. They did not have access to accurate and timely information and could not take note of delinquency or manage defaults.
Nguyen Thi Hang, a mother of two school-aged children, lives in Vinh Long province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where high poverty rates are prevalent among ethnic minority groups. For the last 14 years, Hang has earned a living for her family by making baskets and carpets from water hyacinth.
Le Thi My Dung has a rice paddy of less than 1 hectare—almost equivalent to a football field—to support and feed her family. Until recently, although she and her children worked the field every day, her earnings from rice sales barely covered her costs. Her field only yielded about 4 tons of rice per hectare, less than other farmers' similarly sized fields that yielded around 7 or 8 tons
In 2013, Viviana* and her family were in survival mode. Continuous drought and the ongoing effects of armed conflict were taking a heavy toll on her rural Colombian community, limiting access to potable water and harming agricultural and grazing activities, the main sources of income in the area.
When journalist Rohullah Arman completed his investigation of opium cultivation in Afghanistan, he set a new bar. He was using numerical data to produce the report, a process unusual in Afghanistan, where reliable statistics are hard to come by.
In an effort to tackle high unemployment as well as a lack of trained workers, Afghan companies are getting help matching up workforce needs with skilled employees.
Mohammad Asef Hamraz has a carpet-weaving company in the Afghan capital of Kabul, but, until recently, he was unaware of what customers in different parts of the world might want to buy.
Last updated: July 22, 2015