Empowering Entrepreneurs in Zambia

After 11-year-old Winnie and her two siblings lost both parents to HIV& AIDS, their Aunt Judith took them in. Judith was a single woman trying to make ends meet by selling small quantities of groceries, but lacked the capital to sustain her business. Judith struggled to provide for the girls’ basic needs like school, clothes and food, and began to lose hope that she would be able to care the three orphaned children on her own.

Working Together to Reduce Poverty

I had a nice surprise two years ago when my organization started implementing a new USAID Feed the Future project in Ethiopia. I traveled to Addis Ababa to help our team on the ground assess the capacity of farmer groups that could be viable Feed the Future (FtF) partners. This project applies a comprehensive market-system approach to priority value chains, improving agriculture to drive poverty reduction and build food security. Local partnerships are key to sustainable results.

Epicenters: Do Everything at Once

Researchers have recently documented what many practitioners have long believed – that single-sector interventions have very limited impact. Extremely poor women cannot escape poverty without access to a comprehensive package of services. Women’s multiple burdens and time poverty are so severe that only when all aspects of their lives improve concurrently, particularly the reduction of their drudgery, can they make economic progress.

A Match Made in Yemen: Entrepreneurs Play a Key Role in Fighting Malnutrition

“One of my daughters wasn’t eating much,” Salem Mohammed Saleh recalled. He lives in southern Yemen and has six children. “She was tired of the same meal of bread and tea, and she was very thin. For lunch we’d have rice and potato,” he said. “Or fish if we could get it.”

But fish hardly ever showed up on Salem’s table. In fact, Yemen is one of the most food-insecure places on the planet. According to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) 2012 survey, more than half of its children are chronically malnourished.

Young People Are Making Noise - and We Should Listen

Last month, Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Gakuo was invited to take a stroll down a red carpet at an event supporting local orphans and vulnerable children.

But the first lady was far from the star of the show.

Instead, the spotlight belonged to 150 young people who showed off their drawings, photography, sculptures, and paintings as a part of the event hosted by Pathfinder International, ChildFund Kenya, and USAID.

Celebrating World Poverty Day with a Bold Commitment

We live in a world where more than 1 billion people struggle to find enough to eat every day. More than 1 billion live in homes with inadequate roofs and no latrines. Basic services like schools and health centers are out of reach. For many individuals life remains a struggle to find the most basic human dignity.

This is our world today. But it does not have to be our world tomorrow.

What We’re Hoping to See in the Next Release of USAID Data

The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) recently came to an end. This means that over the next few weeks, USAID will be working to put together its fourth quarter data for public release through the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. This summer, USAID posted information on more than 50,000 financial transactions for the first three quarters of FY2013.

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