Development

USAID to Invest $38 Million in New Regional Leadership Centers

New regional leadership centers aim to expand opportunities for young Africans like these attendees at President Obama’s town hall in Washington July 28.

The centers will focus on engaging leaders aged 18 to 35 from a variety of backgrounds to offer accessible leadership training, incubating organizations and entrepreneurship, and to support professional connections among African leaders.

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Exceptional International Development Projects Win U.S. Awards

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The U.S. Treasury Department announced awards for exceptional development projects undertaken by the multilateral development banks (MDBs).

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USAID and Partners Unveil New Efforts to Save Millions of Women and Children from Preventable Deaths

USAID will announce today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the Agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015—refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives.

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U.S. Statement on the Ten Year Review of the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

When the world gathered in Geneva and Tunis a decade ago, those there set forth principles and action lines for activity to encourage the development of a people centered information society.

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U.S. Launches “Beyond the Grid” Energy Effort for Africa

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Building on the Beyond the Grid framework, the U.S. African Development Foundation has teamed up with General Electric Africa and USAID to launch the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge

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U.S. Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change

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USAID announced its support for the Althelia Climate Fund to lend up to $133.8 million in commercial financing for forest conservation and sustainable land use.

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Alliance Generates Investments in Africa’s Agriculture

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The 2014 Feed the Future Progress Report says that organizations supported by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are showing results. One organization is the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

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U.S.-Africa Business Forum Will Be Part of Obama Leaders Summit

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The U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, focusing on trade and investment opportunities on the continent.

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Science, Technology Are New Anti-Poverty Tools

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah annonces the launch of a new anti-poverty campaign (AP Images)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and more than 30 other partners from business and development organizations are announcing a new anti-poverty effort, one that advances a science and technology–based approach to development.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Yemen

Since the beginning of Yemen’s transition in November 2011, U.S. assistance to Yemen has totaled well over $630 million.

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