Impact Newsletter - July 27, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012
Impact: A weekly look at USAID around the world

Volume Three, Issue Eleven

USAID Participates in 2012 AIDS Week

As part of the 2012 International AIDS Conference a portion of the AIDS quilt was on display at the Ronald Reagan building.

This year, the International AIDS Society (IAS) hosted the 19th International AIDS Conference, in Washington, D.C. Administrator Shah participated in numerous events throughout the week, including a press conference on HIV prevention organized by Population Services International (PSI) with award-winning actress and PSI Global Health Ambassador Debra Messing and several others. USAID also supported the release of hundreds of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, workshops, symposia, satellite sessions and other activities.

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USAID's FrontLines: It Takes a Village: Empowering Communities to Fight HIV

One Year Later: Humanitarian Response in the Horn of Africa

Better seeds and technologies from USAID increased income in over 867,000 households. Photo: Mariantonietta Peru, USAID
Better seeds and technologies from USAID increased income in over 867,000 households.
Mariantonietta Peru, USAID

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the United Nations declaration of famine conditions in southern Somalia. The Horn of Africa suffered from the region's most severe drought in 60 years. Crops failed, livestock died, and prices in local markets were too high for most people to buy what was needed to feed their families. 

Progress has been made over the last year, yet some 9 million people are still in need of assistance in the Horn of Africa. The 2011 drought left many families in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Ethiopia with next to nothing, and they continue to struggle in 2012. 

Read about USAID's efforts over the past year to alleviate the pressures of drought, providing nearly $1.2 billion to help those in need since 2011, and efforts which helped stave off a similar crisis in Ethiopia

Celebrating the work of American Diaspora Communities

Secretary Clinton at the Global Diaspora Forum. Photo: Pat Adams, USAID
Secretary Clinton at the Global Diaspora Forum.
Photo: Pat Adams, USAID

This week, Secretary Clinton convened the second annual Global Diaspora Forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum recognizes the work of American diaspora communities who are partnering to further investment and trade, philanthropy, volunteerism, social innovation, and entrepreneurship in developing and emerging communities in their countries of origin. More than 500 U.S.-based diaspora community leaders from the private sector, academia, media, and civil society convened in Washington for the two-day conference.

Administrator Shah hosted the second day of the Forum here at USAID, focusing on public-private partnerships. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.); Executive Vice President of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Mimi Alemayehou; and Founder of Diaspora Matters, Kingsley Aikins joined the Administrator throughout the day. 

FrontLines: The Economic Growth Issue

What do texting Malawi farmers, West Bank olive growers, lost Ghanaian motorists and Iraqi entrepreneurs have in common? They all serve to benefit from USAID economic growth programs. Read their stories and more in the latest edition of FrontLines

USAID In the News

Still can't get enough of USAID? Here are a few news items from the past two weeks. The Huffington Post featured a blog post from Ben Affleck, who wrote about child survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Affleck opened the piece remarking on his attendance at the Child Survival: Call to Action with professionals working to improve child survival around the world, including Secretary Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah.

Also, in an op-ed in The Hill, Save the Children CEO and President Carolyn Miles and The Coca-Cola Company Senior Vice President Clyde Tuggle discussed the economic and national security benefits of international development. They also highlighted USAID's support and how the Agency is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company to provide access to water for millions of people in Africa.

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