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.

"USAID promenio naćin rada. Mi im [nasim klientima] dajemo oruđe koja njima olakšavaju život."

The origin of the chimney cake goes back hundreds of years but it's commonly believed that this delicacy comes from Hungary where they are served at weddings and christenings. Today, it is one of the most popular delicacies in Eastern Europe, and recently, this open, crispy cylinder rolled in a topping such as sugar and hazelnuts has gone global, becoming an in-demand street food.

The origin of the chimney cake goes back hundreds of years but it's commonly believed that this delicacy comes from Hungary where they are served at weddings and christenings. Today, it is one of the most popular delicacies in Eastern Europe, and recently, this open, crispy cylinder rolled in a topping such as sugar and hazelnuts has gone global, becoming an in-demand street food.

In rural Giteranyi Township, Burundi, a 29-year-old schoolteacher named Rizabeti* volunteers for a local women’s group. Women come to her seeking solutions to their problems, often linked to domestic violence. Across the township, Vigitori, age 34, volunteers as a community health worker. He counsels the population on reducing their health risks and links them with the local health facility.

One of USAID's first interventions in Bosnia and Herzegovina was to help rebuild the country’s energy infrastructure in 1996. From the bigger cities to the tiniest of villages throughout the country, USAID provided assistance to repair power lines, rebuild substations, and repair and bring power plants back online. 

When the owners of a local retail company decided to quit paying taxes a couple years ago, they simply stopped filing their tax returns. At the time, the auditing mechanisms used by tax authorities were unable to detect this irregularity, and the company could get away it. Not anymore.  

“Our Tax Administration was not equipped to address the issue of taxpayers who stopped filing their taxes,” said Midhat Arifhodzic, director of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) Tax Administration.

Leo Andres Pablo Julson lost his mother at the age of 10, an event that marked him deeply. He was forced to quit school shortly after her death to help his father in the fields and remembers working long hours by his side. Their hard work did not pay off as they would have liked in rural Haiti—life as a farmer was difficult and their agricultural production remained low. 
 

February 2014—The illegal use of public land for private use is a continuing source of tension throughout Côte d’Ivoire. It contributes to perceptions of public officials using their office for personal gain at the expense of the public with impunity.

Sudovi Republike Srbije i Visoki savet sudstva nikada do sada nisu direktno pregovarali sa Ministarstvom finansija o svojim predlozima budžeta i potrebama za budžetskim sredstvima. Umesto njih pregovore je obavljalo Ministarstvo pravde, što je prouzrokovalo finansijsku zavisnost sudstva od izvršne grane vlasti. Bez mogućnosti da planira, stiče i vrši raspodelu sredstava, sudska grana vlasti nije mogla da ostvari punu nezavisnost od izvršne, iako Ustav zakonodavnoj, izvršnoj i sudskoj grani vlasti jednako garantuje nezavisnost.

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Last updated: January 14, 2015