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.

Following decades of conflict and insecurity, Somalia knows too well the costs of corruption on economic, political and social development. From 2010 to 2016, Somalia was perceived to be one of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

Growing up in farming families in northern Côte d’Ivoire, childhood friends Coulibaly Zana Sina and Justin Ake Koffi remember when cashew trees were worth so little that they used them to fence their fields growing more profitable crops like mango and maize.

While scouting locations for his new apparel factory, Aka Phillippe Kouame settled on Abobo, an Abidjan neighborhood that had been ravaged during Côte d’Ivoire’s civil war, for reasons that might have caused others to reject it. Unemployment was high there, and banditry and robbery were on the rise.

Arlit used to be a prosperous town, attracting European tourists as well as many local youth with the opportunity to work in the uranium mines. After terrorist attacks in 2013 destroyed the tourism industry, the region was dealt another blow in 2014 when mining operations slowed significantly due to plummeting worldwide uranium prices, labor disputes, and renegotiations of mining contracts with the government. Foreign mining companies in Niger laid off thousands of young workers.

Boko Haram insurgency reached its peak in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in 2015. Two local government areas were under control of the extremist group while the insurgents continued to terrorize parts of the northeastern state, displacing thousands.

Njeno dvoje bliskih prijatelja sa univerziteta venčava se u Indiji ovog decembra. Ali, nažalost, Ljavdi Zimberi ne može da im se tamo nađe. Iako je entuzijastična svetska putnica, poput mnogih njenih sugrađana, ona je suočena sa izazovom: veoma ograničeni spisak zemalja u koje može da otputuje. Indija nije na tom spisku.

Dy nga mikeshat e saj të afërta nga universiteti do të martohen në Indi këtë dhjetor. Por, për fat të keq, Lavdi Zymberi nuk mund të jetë atje për to. Edhe pse ajo udhëtimin nëpër botë e ka pasion, si shumë nga bashkëqytetarët e saj, ajo përballet me një sfidë: me një listë shumë të kufizuar të vendeve ku mund të udhëtojë. India nuk është në atë listë.

In Ethiopia, the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and consecutive poor rainy seasons triggered the worst water shortage the highlands had seen in more than 50 years.

Долгожданная мечта Кубана Акматова сбылась – этой весной его яблони и грушевые деревья расцвели впервые за десятилетие.