Blogs

Blog posts and success stories from across USAID.

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A Bright Future: The Story of How a Young Woman in Pakistan Became an Energy Expert

In a country where women account for less than 4 percent of staff in the energy sector nationwide, they are becoming the new face of the energy sector. USAID/Pakistan is investing in hands-on education for young women to improve access to the industry and inspire the next generation of energy leaders.

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  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Climate, Environment, and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Growth and Gender Equality
  • Gender Equality in the Workforce
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10 Ways USAID is Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

USAID is committed to being a leading investor, partner, and advocate to achieve the goal of gender equality across societies. Jamille Bigio, USAID Senior Gender Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, highlights 10 of the ways USAID is advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world.

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  • International Women's Day
  • Adolescent Girls/Youth
  • Climate, Environment, and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Growth and Gender Equality
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship, Digital, and Financial Inclusion
  • Gender-based Violence
  • Humanitarian Response, Crises and Conflict
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Women's Economic Empowerment
  • Women’s Leadership
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four women in lab coats stand around a table doing a science experiment
Afolayan Deborah Funmilayo demonstrates a technique to three other researchers. AWARD

Women Scientists Advancing Agriculture Research Across Africa

Women play a critical role in agricultural research communities and help ensure that innovations work for all farmers and participants in agrifood systems Read the stories of women researchers working in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and beyond to end hunger and create more resilient food systems through their contributions in science, technology, research and agriculture.

    Tags:
  • International Women's Day
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Digital Access and Technology
  • Education
  • Global Health
  • Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural Resources Management
  • Climate, Environment, and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Growth and Gender Equality
  • Education
  • Resilience and Food Security
  • Women's Economic Empowerment
  • Women’s Leadership
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The Nature of Fashion: Peruvian designers incorporate the textile traditions of an Indigenous group in the Amazon

USAID’s Amazon Business Alliance, a joint initiative with the Government of Canada and Conservation International, promotes economic development based on the sustainable use of natural resources and on gender and intercultural approaches to improve the people’s welfare and forest conservation.

    Tags:
  • Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural Resources Management
  • Climate, Environment, and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Growth and Gender Equality
  • Entrepreneurship, Digital, and Financial Inclusion
  • Gender Equality in the Workforce
  • Women's Economic Empowerment
  • Women’s Leadership
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a customer stands in front of a vendor in preparation to make a purchase
Mamtesh, a Woman Kirana Entrepreneur under the Samriddhi- Kirana for Women project in Lucknow conducting daily transactions with her customer. ACCESS Development Services

Business Skills and Digital Financial Literacy Leads to Higher Revenue for Women Micro-Entrepreneurs in India

Project Kirana recognized the complex set of problems encountered by women micro entrepreneurs in India: limited business and digital financial capabilities, and limited access to formal financial services. By equipping women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they needed—including financial and digital literacy expertise, business management skills, and strategies for addressing cultural barriers—over 2,500 women were able to grow their small retail businesses and increase their incomes.

    Tags:
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic Growth and Gender Equality
  • Women's Economic Empowerment
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Linking Gender and Climate: Gender Equality Resources from Climatelinks

Gender equitable and inclusive climate programming improves adaptation, mitigation, and resilience results while also reducing gender inequality and elevating women as climate leaders. 

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  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Climate, Environment, and Natural Resource Management
  • Gender Equality in the Workforce
  • Inclusive Development
  • Women’s Leadership
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3 Ways USAID Is Combating Human Trafficking in Liberia

The Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPA) mandates that all USAID strategies in certain countries incorporate approaches to protect children and reduce the risk of trafficking.

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  • Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Humanitarian Response, Crises and Conflict
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two women stand in front of computers wearing matching blue shirts, one holding a child
Bluetown micro-operators Victoria Y. and Victoria N. use ICT Labs to help teach members of their community how to use the internet. MpadImages for DAI

3 Ways Access to the Internet Makes Lives Better in Ghana

The USAID/Microsoft Airband Initiative is closing the gender digital divide by bringing internet access to more women around the world, expanding women’s economic opportunities, and enabling digital development services.

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  • Digital Access and Technology
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Bridging Kenya’s Gender Digital Divide

"Particularly in Kenya, chamas are such ubiquitous and strong organizational networks for women." - Rebecca Glas

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  • Entrepreneurship, Digital, and Financial Inclusion