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Webinar Follow-Up: The Impact of Gender Integration on Local Capacity Development by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 30, 2014 01:59 AM
We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our first webinar of 2014 that took place on March 18. Thank you to all who participated. In case you missed it, you can find all of the slides, case studies, and even watch the full webinar.
Soliciting speakers for the No Net Loss Summit 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 04, 2014 02:08 AM
We're excited to see so many of you already registering for the "To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond" Conference. A Programme Committee has been established to determine the final configuration of sessions and associated speakers. We are seeking contributors to the parallel sessions, and are particularly interested in identifying a good range of specific projects to discuss in Sessions 3 and 6 (No Net Loss and Net Gain on the Ground).
Scaling Up Efforts to End Hunger and Poverty by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 09, 2014 02:38 PM
Last month we gathered with USAID Missions and other partners for the first-ever Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) on scaling up the use and adoption of agricultural technologies.
Invitation to ABCG members to visit and contribute to Focus on Land in Africa by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 08, 2014 12:51 PM
Issues of land tenure and secure land rights for local people underpin conservation efforts across Africa. Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA) (www.focusonland.com) shares insights about this critical intersection through commentaries, briefs, videos, and case studies. FOLA's most recent "Talking Land" Commentary is from Jimmiel Mandima, Director of Program Design and Partner Relations at the African Wildlife Foundation, a member of ABCG.
Center on Technology and Disability: Leveling the field for all learners by Portal Web Editor — last modified Dec 06, 2013 05:46 PM
December 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013. Jacqueline Hess, an expert on assistive and instructional technology, talked about how FHI 360 is advancing communication technologies solutions for learners of all abilities through the new Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).
ABCG: Jobs, Events & Publications December 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Dec 02, 2013 01:07 AM
ABCG's mission is to tackle complex and changing conservation challenges by catalyzing and strengthening collaboration, and bringing the best resources from across a continuum of conservation organizations to effectively and efficiently work toward a vision of an African continent where natural resources and biodiversity are securely conserved in balance with sustained human livelihoods
Bringing Together Regional Development Experts Through Webinars by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 16, 2013 05:16 PM
Around the Middle East and North Africa, USAID makes use of webinars to bring together regional development experts.
Statement from USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on Super Typhoon Haiyan by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 16, 2013 05:06 PM
On Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines with the strength of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. Although the toll of destruction is not yet clear, we know that millions of people have been affected, including thousands of people who have lost their lives, homes, or livelihoods. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Philippines and the humanitarian teams that are working around the clock to save lives.
Remarks by Rebecca Black for the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement Project Lessons Learned Workshop by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 30, 2013 01:07 AM
Friday, October 18, 2013 | USAID Cambodia Mission Director Rebecca Black delivers remarks on October 18, 2013. | Lessons Learned and Experiences from the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement Project | Remarks by Rebecca Black, USAID Mission Director | Cambodiana Hotel, October 18, 2013
Focus on Land in Africa: ABCG-WRI News Release by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 03, 2013 05:11 PM
Dear Friends of ABCG, I wanted to bring your attention to the fully refreshed Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA), a site that highlights the critical connections between land and natural resource rights and development:
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group: Clean Energy Technology for Cooking and Lighting--Barriers and Breakthroughs - Event Summary by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 02, 2013 12:58 AM
The Clean Cookstoves event highlighted several key considerations in the gradually growing sector of clean energy products for households highly dependent on biomass as feedstock.
World Tracker: Farmers struggle to adopt climate-smart methods by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 21, 2013 06:21 PM
Preliminary results from a project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia make the transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture show that some farmers are struggling to adopt the new methods, while others are finding ways to cope well with climate-change problems like late rains.
Coming Soon: Global Forest Watch 2.0 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 20, 2013 03:57 PM
Global Forest Watch 2.0 is a powerful near real-time forest monitoring system that unites satellite technology, data sharing, and human networks around the world to fight deforestation.
ABCG: Career & Event Opportunities August, 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 19, 2013 05:38 PM
Jobs available through the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group in August, 2013.
Parental Employment, Education, and Disability are Factors in Food Insecurity among Children by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 19, 2013 05:34 PM
In the wake of the economic downturn that began in late 2007, food insecurity in households with children remains near the highest level observed since monitoring began in 1995. In 2011, 20.6 percent of U.S. households with children were food insecure—unable at some time during the year to acquire adequate food for one or more members due to insufficient money or other resources for food. In about half of those households, only adults experienced reduced food quality or quantity, but in 10 percent of all households with children, one or more of the children were also affected.
USAID Impact Newsletter: Global Education Takes Center Stage by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 13, 2013 06:54 PM
USAID played host to a three-day Global Education Summit last week where more than 750 experts talked about some of the best ways to improve education in the developing world.
ABCG Jobs August, 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 13, 2013 03:12 AM
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group jobs available August, 2013.
File The Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) News by Peter Mwangi — last modified Jul 31, 2013 12:01 PM
Investing in Drylands; Empowering Pastoralists Through Education; Students Extol Internship Program; Knowledge Exchange Seminars Initiated at UoN
File New This Month From the USAID Knowledge Services Center - Summer 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 20, 2013 04:22 PM
Escape the summer heat by immersing yourself in a good book! This month, our list includes two World Bank ebooks that you may download, print or email to colleagues: Afghanistan in transition: Looking beyond 2014; Beyond War: Reimagining American influence in a new Middle East We are delighted to announce that the OECD iLibrary is now available to all USAID staff in Washington and the Missions! Download OECD books, journal articles, and policy papers as PDFs from your desktop or using your SBC token. No password needed.
ABCG Events, Publications & Resources July 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 19, 2013 03:35 PM
In This Issue: Preventing Conflict In Exploration - CEP; Exotic Pet Trade and Impact on Wild Populations - Elselvier; Oysters, Octopus, and Resilience Event - Wilson; Namibia Rangeland Forum RFP.
The Center for Sustainable Development July Newsletter: Special Nutrition and Home Gardening Issue by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 06, 2013 04:25 PM
Summer Quarter | International Adaptation Workshop | Nonprofit Project Design | Gardens for Nutrition
Sustainable Fisheries and Responsible Aquaculture: A Guide for USAID Staff and Partners is Now Available by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 01, 2013 10:46 PM
The guide provides information on how to design programs to reform capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors to ensure sound and effective development, environmental sustainability, economic profitability, and social responsibility.
Global Waters: Water and Development Strategy - June, 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 01, 2013 10:44 PM
Global Waters tells the story of our water-related efforts around the globe. The magazine features in-depth articles exploring solutions to the ongoing water crisis, opinion pieces by top development professionals, and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries.
ABCG Feature Newsletter: Reducing Negative Impacts of Mining on Biodiversity in Democratic Republic of Congo by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 01, 2013 10:42 PM
Managing Extractive Industries to Protect Biodiversity in DRC: Report of a workshop held June 13-14, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
ABCG: Career Position CoP for CAFEC by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 01, 2013 10:41 PM
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) candidate for the USAID-funded Central Africa Forest Ecosystems Conservation (CAFEC) of the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), Phase III; the position will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Draft USAID Biodiversity Policy public comment period extended to June 28 (via online survey) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 24, 2013 04:51 PM
The draft of the USAID Biodiversity Policy is now available for Agency-wide review and public comment.
USAID and DFID Announce Global Development Innovation Ventures to Invest in Breakthrough Solutions to World Poverty by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2013 03:50 PM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) announced plans today to build a global investment platform that reimagines how to support breakthrough solutions to the world’s most intractable development challenges.
USAID Launches Water Strategy and Announces DIV WASH Grantees by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 26, 2013 07:29 PM
On Tuesday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah joined members of Congress - Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Congressman Ted Poe - to release the U.S. Government's first Water and Development Strategy. The goal of the USAID Water and Development Strategy is to save lives and improve development in a world where practically 800 million people are without adequate water and 2.5 billion people are without access to adequate sanitation. The strategy sets out two overarching objectives: improve global health and strengthen global food security through USAID-supported water programs.
USAID Launches its First Global Water Strategy by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 26, 2013 07:28 PM
This week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, along with Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Chris Coons, Representative Earl Blumenauer and Representative Ted Poe, launched the first USAID global water strategy in the Agency’s history. Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats represented the State Department. Lisa Nash, CEO of Blue Planet Network and Gemma Bulos, Founder, A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) and the contemporary Christian band Jars of Clay also participated.
HED Annual Report 2012 by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 25, 2013 11:32 PM
This year’s annual report highlights HED’s impressive portfolio of international partnerships and the program’s key roles in strengthening the capacity of higher education faculty, institutions, and communities. Between October 2011 and September 2012, HED managed 70 partnerships in 37 countries involving 83 host-country and 57 U.S. institutions. These partnerships bring forth innovative courses, new degree programs, advanced teaching methodology, improved access to education, and the engagement of thought leaders at local, regional and national levels.
Administrator Launches Infrastructure Fund for Africa: USAID Newsletter by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 11, 2013 03:16 PM
On Thursday, Administrator Rajiv Shah attended the Grow Africa Forum in South Africa to announce the creation of the Agriculture Fast Track, a $25 million first-of-its-kind fund that will spur greater private investment in agriculture infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Over 26 Elephants Massacred in World Heritage Site: ABCG News Alert by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 11, 2013 03:14 PM
At least 26 elephants were massacred in the Dzanga Bai World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic, after 17 individuals armed with Kalashnikov rifles on Monday entered this unique elephant habitat, known locally as the "village of elephants".
Abstract Submission Closes next Tuesday 14th May - Urban Design Conference by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 11, 2013 03:13 PM
Just a short reminder to let you know call for abstracts closes next Tuesday 14th May for the International Urban Design Conference.
VEGA - Newsletter May 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 07, 2013 06:19 PM
With brand new programs, new colleagues, new Members, and a new office space, we are pleased to share with you the latest VEGA news.
Climate Smart Agriculture: Newsletter - The Center for Sustainable Development by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 06, 2013 05:52 PM
The theme of this month's newsletter has a special focus on climate smart agriculture for smallholder farmers. This was why we launched our online course—Climate Smart Agriculture—to address the fact that so many course participant's projects have a basis in challenges with agriculture for subsistence farmers.
The End of Poverty? The World Bank and the Shared Prosperity Agenda by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 29, 2013 06:49 PM
Within our lifetimes, the world could be free of widespread, extreme poverty, replaced instead with shared prosperity and environmental and fiscal balance. That was the vision World Bank President Jim Yong Kim outlined at his first Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. last week.
USAID Commemorates World Malaria Day by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 28, 2013 11:32 PM
World Malaria Day was April 25, 2013. Each year, World Malaria Day commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat the disease.
Website Survey: Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 28, 2013 11:29 PM
We need your help! We are starting work on a website redesign to improve our communications and discussion on emerging and high-priority issues affecting biodiversity in Africa. We want to hear about your needs and ideas to improve the function and performance of our current website (www.abcg.org).
Commentary: World Bank Conference Emphasizes Centrality of Land Governance Across Diverse Development Goals by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 19, 2013 08:37 PM
Last week, the World Bank's 14th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty – which was sponsored by USAID along with several other organizations – brought together more than 800 participants from 90 countries, representing government, private sector, civil society, academia, and development partners. The large attendance from a diverse set of participants reinforces the increasing recognition that good land and resource governance is central to a variety of development objectives.
Trachoma vs. Technology: USAID Frontlines by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 11, 2013 10:10 AM
A pilot project to capture and analyze data quickly on mobile electronic tablets in rural Uganda is transforming the battle against an ancient eye disease, for which timely treatment can prevent blindness.
SAHEL: Education in crisis by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 31, 2013 05:28 PM
In times of severe drought such as in the Sahel or East Africa, food funding often takes priority over other needs like education, yet children who miss out on learning remain vulnerable to future disasters, said British aid group Save the Children.
First Ever USAID Forward Progress Report is Released by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 31, 2013 05:26 PM
On March 20, USAID released our first ever USAID Forward Progress Report highlighting our successes and challenges in reforming the Agency and delivering better, more sustainable results. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah shared the findings of the report at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Center for American Progress (CAP).
USDA Blog: Forest Service Recognizes United Nations’ International Day of Forests by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 31, 2013 05:25 PM
Try going one full day without using a product derived from a tree. You won’t be able to use a pencil or paper or sit on your couch or at a desk. You won’t be able to check the mail or drink coffee while reading the newspaper. Trees are important for everyone around the world, and now the U.N. has designated every March 21 as the International Day of Forests.
U.S. Forest Service recognizes the United Nation's first International Day of Forests by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 31, 2013 05:25 PM
Today marks the U.N.'s first International Day of Forests, recognizing the important role forests play in the health of ecosystems, economy and society.
HED Partners’ Meeting Enriches Collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 29, 2013 05:29 PM
Story from the HED newsletter for March and April of 2012
USAID Wins Mobile Development Award by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 03, 2013 03:04 PM
USAID received the Best Government Policy for Mobile Development award for its work to expand the use of mobile technology by women in developing countries. The recognition came earlier this week at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This annual event is the mobile industry's largest trade association that attracts over 70,000 participants.
Administrator Shah Travels to India and Burma by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 03, 2013 03:04 PM
Administrator Shah will visit Mumbai, India, from March 5-6 to announce significant new programs and partnerships that will reduce preventable child deaths. While in Mumbai, the Administrator will meet with senior government officials, members of India's private sector and representatives from civil society, and deliver keynote remarks at the Indian Philanthropy Forum and the Asia Society.
U.S. Government Historic Visit to Somalia by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 03, 2013 03:02 PM
The President of Somalia and Administrator Raj Shah during his visit. Photo Credit: USAID USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited Somalia Feb. 21 as a part of a multi-country trip that also included stops in Kenya and Tanzania. His visit to Somalia marks the first trip by a senior U.S. Government official in 20 years.
Brazil's development bank announces $588m fund to reduce agricultural emissions by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 01, 2013 06:48 PM
Brazil's national development bank (BNDES) launched a 1 billion reais ($588 million) fund that will finance projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture, reports Reuters. BNDES lent 137 billion reais ($69 billion) in 2009—more than the World Bank.
ABCG - Jobs and Opportunites May 2012 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 14, 2013 02:08 AM
The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group announces three job openings. These include: CARPE Director Position (USAID) based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Director of Environmental & Social Assessment; and Conservation Research and Monitoring Internship.
USAID FRONTLINES: Coservation Texting by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 11, 2013 05:50 PM
Pilot SMS-based service is sending individually tailored irrigation advice directly to cell phones to help Moroccan farmers save precious resources.
USAID Diamond Development Video Wins Award by Jeff Miller — last modified Feb 05, 2013 03:07 AM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has won the 2010 Communicator Awards Gold Award of Excellence for a video it produced on the problems faced by small-scale miners working with alluvial diamonds in the Central African Republic.
Timber Markets and Trade between Laos and Vietnam by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 03:06 AM
A Commodity Chain Analysis of Vietnamese-Driven Timber Flows
Summer Spotlight: Reforming health care in Pakistan, one policy at a time. by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 03:05 AM
Healthcare Pakistan
NSF Award given to BDU DRSSD Project by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:59 AM
The workshop addresses the urgent need for human and institutional resource capacity building at the university level in Africa to more effectively manage recurrent and escalating exposure to anthropogenic and naturally triggered disaster and conflict events on the continent.
Congratulations! CGIS-NUR Receives its Second Small Grant Award for 2009/2010 from the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:58 AM
CGIS-NUR Receives its Second Small Grant Award for 2009/2010 from the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association
Biodiversity in Development, a series of twenty briefing papers by EC-IUCN-DFID, Tim Resch USAID — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:57 AM
EC-IUCN-DFID: More than ten years ago DFID, IUCN and EC joined forces to carry out a project aimed at identifying the role of biodiversity in development. As part of this project, called Biodiversity in Development, a series of twenty briefing papers were published.
Afghanistan Central Business Registry Opens in Mazari Sharif by librarian — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:56 AM
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry opened the second provincial Central Business Registry Office in Mazar City of Balkh Province. The new office provides businesses with the opportunity to complete all steps of the registration process in one location
Afghan Political Leaders Kick Off Mazari Sharif International AgFair and Cashmere Exhibition by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:56 AM
Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan | Wednesday, March 11, 2009
USAID Impact Blog: Helping Women Feed the World by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 02:13 AM
Entry written by Impact Blog guest author Seema Jalan, Director, Global Development Policy, Women Thrive Worldwide. Close to a billion people worldwide go to bed hungry every night, and at least six out of ten are women. It’s ironic, because women in developing countries are largely responsible for feeding their children and growing the food that will feed their families. Around the world, the traditional image of a farmer is not a man on a tractor but a woman farming a piece of land about the size of a three-car garage.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites: Regional Senior Expert, Environment and Climate Change by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 05, 2013 01:55 AM
WRI has been fortunate to receive experienced secondees from around the world to support its work - starting with a staff person from SIDA joining WRI fifteen years ago. More recently we have received staff from the US EPA, from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from DANIDA. In addition, WRI has hosted numerous visiting fellows from African partners, and has provided a staff person to the Dept of Energy in the U.S. federal government.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites: Project Manager, South Sudan Protected Areas Capacity Building Project by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 31, 2013 09:19 PM
This is a full-time position based in South Sudan responsible for managing WCS's implementation of the GEF/UNDP funded project for Protected Area Network management and building capacity in South Sudan in cooperation with the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism of the Government of South Sudan.
ABCG Jobs & Careers Resources: Conservation Director - WWF-CD-DRC by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 31, 2013 08:30 PM
The World Wildlife Fund seeks a conservation director for its Democratic Republic of the Congo programme.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites: Bonobo Conservation Project Manager by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 31, 2013 08:30 PM
Supervise all activities related to projects focused on the conservation of bonobos in the Lac Tumba landscape, including the ongoing habituation of bonobos, monitoring the western populations of bonobos and bonobo-ecotourism development.
For U.S. Forests, REDD Begins at Home by John Talberth, Logan Yonavjak — last modified Jan 28, 2013 01:57 AM
April 20, 2010 Four months after the Copenhagen Accord, the interest and discussions about reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries – colloquially known as REDD plus – continues.
International Partners Release Pilot Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 28, 2013 01:22 AM
C40, ICLEI, WRI and partners achieve a significant milestone towards establishing a single standard for measuring emissions for cities
Big Choices on a Small Screen: Can Mobile Games Really Spark Change? by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 14, 2013 10:28 AM
Meet Anu, a 13-year-old girl who lives with her mother, father and brother, Binod, in rural India. Like many teenagers, Anu will be barraged with a series of choices such as whether to stay in school or to leave in order to help her family; whether to marry before completing her education; whether she and her husband should use family planning; and when they should start their family. All of the decisions will impact Anu and her family’s future. The only difference between Anu and millions of other teenagers in the developing world is that she is made of bits and bytes instead of flesh and blood. She represents a new push by USAID and the international development community to parlay the rapid expansion of mobile devices—and the mobile games that keep their users engaged—into a resource for development.
Women of Kenya Denied Law’s Land Entitlement by Husbands by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 14, 2013 01:24 AM
For Mary Sadera, a farmer in Kenya’s Rift Valley, none of the sweeping rights women won two years ago matter if she doesn’t own the land she tills. Enlarge image Mary Sadera A rail-thin mother of 11, she’s entitled to it under the new constitution adopted in 2010. That’s on paper. In reality, her husband, John, who no longer beats her and is letting her manage three acres of the family farm by herself, can’t imagine actually putting any of it in her name.
Accessible Tourism and its Importance in the Sustainable Tourism Discussion by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:49 AM
We are excited to welcome Allison Kleinman of Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), a GSTC member, as our guest author today. VEGA works with volunteers and organizations in over 30 countries to promote its goal of reducing poverty and promoting sustainable economic growth in emerging markets. Today, Allison shares the importance of accessible tourism and its connection to sustainable tourism goals and GSTC Criteria.
Secretary Clinton Highlights Food Security, Gender Equity, and Economic Growth during Tour of African Continent by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to sub-Saharan Africa from July 31 through August 10 for an extensive tour of the continent, which included stops in Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin. The tour focused on numerous policy issues including democracy and governance, economic growth, peace and security, and women’s empowerment.
Responding to Climate Change and Reef Resilience Workshop by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with CORDIO and NOAA and with the support of IUCN and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is pleased to offer a workshop for coral reef managers. We will accept coral reef managers from the countries of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, India, Egypt, Sudan, Eretria, Djibouti, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Mauritius.
REDD+ Opens Up New Opportunities for Forest Product Management in the Amazon by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
The emergence of subnational REDD+ projects in southwestern Amazonia is showing potential for multiple-use management of non-timber forest products, particularly Brazil nuts, and forest carbon. Multiple-use forestry, which includes NTFPs, timber and environmental services, has gained momentum among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers as a way to promote forest conservation and livelihood development in the tropics.
Mozambique: Government Revises Water Supply Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
The Mozambican government's National Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (PRONASAR) will need to spend about 75 per cent more than initially forecast in order to ensure that 70 per cent of the population has access to clean drinking water, by 2015, the cut-off date for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, set by the United Nations in 2000.
Fall Semester @ USAID (Webinare, from Sep 28, 2012 02:00 PM to Sep 28, 2012 03:00 PM) by Portal Web Editor
School is back in session at USAID! Join us for a virtual classroom session this Friday, on innovation and mobile solutions. Priya Jaisinghani, Director of our Mobile Solutions Team, will host a videochat to discuss mobile money's transformation of development.
ABCG Jobs & Careers Resources: Director of Finance and Administration, Gabon by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
The Director of Finance and Administration will document and report to the Country Director, with a dotted-line report to the WCS Comptroller. The primary objective is to establish and oversee efficient systems for financial and personnel management for the WCS Country Program Office and Field Projects.
ABCG Jobs & Careers Resources: Program Design Officer, West and Central Africa (PDO, Western and Central Africa) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
AWF is currently seeking a talented professional to lead its fundraising efforts in West and Central Africa Programs in Congo and Parc W Heartlands by ensuring a steady flow of high quality proposals and well serviced funding to the programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying and securing opportunities for funding, providing design support to the Heartland teams, and for contributing to overall AWF analysis and knowledge management.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites: USFWS Notice of Funding Availability & Application Instructions Fiscal Year 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:07 AM
The Congo Basin is a globally important region for forest and biodiversity conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) works closely with national governments, U.S. agencies, and a range of other partners to ensure a strategic, results-based approach to wildlife conservation in the basin. In collaboration with U.S. Agency of International Development's (USAID) Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), the USFWS is providing this funding opportunity to improve protected area management, reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and develop the requisite individual and institutional conservation capacity to undertake long-term conservation programs. It is anticipated that grant funding through the USFWS Multinational Species Conservation Funds will continue to provide support on a competitive basis to Congo Basin countries and corresponding landscapes not covered in the priorities outlined below, in future funding cycles.
USAID Impact Blog: Does the New Resilience Policy Have Staying Power? by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
The global “resilience” agenda is exciting – and overdue. The idea that aid should invest not just in responding to crises, but also in preventing, mitigating, and helping people adapt to them, has been around for a long time. Yet for too long, the global aid architecture has been stuck with a basic split between relief and development camps. The relief side responds to the effects of major shocks (droughts, wars, economic calamity, etc.) but has struggled to address why so many people are so vulnerable in the first place. The development side has in turn steered clear of shock-prone populations and focused most of its resources on (relatively) safe and stable populations.
USAID Impact Blog: A Record-Breaking Year for Mobilizing Private Capital for Development by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
Credit guarantees are a cost-effective way to get local, private financing into the hands of creditworthy borrowers. From low-income Haitians seeking to rebuild in Port-au-Prince, to women-owned small businesses in Kabul, to solar companies in Uganda, USAID is enabling private markets in the developing world to provide financing to the people who need it most.
USAID Impact Blog: Pounds of Prevention – Focus on Bangladesh by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
In this next installment of the USAID Pounds of Prevention series, we travel to Bangladesh. Disaster risk reduction activities have saved countless lives in Bangladesh. Above, villagers discuss priorities for disaster preparedness, including reconstructing roads affected by previous cyclones, protecting fresh water sources and improving home foundations.
USAID Impact Blog: Partnering for Development in Water by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
To meet the water, sanitation and food needs of the global community, we face huge constraints. Public and private funds for development are limited. Significant water resources are being depleted at a rapid pace. Arable land occupies a relatively small portion of our planet. Conflict and natural disasters cause immense suffering and impede the progress of development, turning back the clock. Yet, in one area we do not face constraints. That is in our capacity to empathize, to set a purpose for our lives that responds to the needs of others, and to realize that purpose by creating and implementing solutions whose scale and impact is potentially immense.
New Higher Education Solutions Network by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
In the spirit of International Education Week, USAID announced last week the launch of its Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) a new groundbreaking partnership with seven top American and foreign universities designed to develop innovative solutions to global development challenges.
Humphrey Fellowship for Professionals from Developing Countries to Strengthen Leadership Skills by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for mid-career professionals from developing countries to visit the United States strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows' home countries.
USAID Impact Blog: Aid Effectiveness and USAID’s New Resilience Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
As policymakers discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff, including sequestration, U.S. development agencies are continuing to take steps to make development and humanitarian assistance more effective. In the wake of the famine in the Horn of Africa, a typhoon in the Philippines, and even Hurricane Sandy at home, USAID’s new policy (PDF) – one that actually isn’t an acronym – “Resilience” is about using existing development dollars more effectively in disaster prone regions, so that less humanitarian assistance is needed in the future.
Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syrian Crisis by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
Earlier this week, Secretary Clinton announced the United States is providing $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict in Syria. With this, the United States is providing nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those suffering as a result of the Assad regime's violence inside Syria and in neighboring countries.
ABCG: Jobs & Opportunities - Fauna & Flora International: Program Associate--Washington, DC by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
The VP, Africa Programs will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. The position will be an integral part of JGI's senior management team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents the Institute on a national and global basis.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites - The Jane Goodall Institute: Vice President (VP), Africa Programs by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM
The VP, Africa Programs will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. The position will be an integral part of JGI's senior management team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents the Institute on a national and global basis.
Catching Ethiopians Before They Fall by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:02 AM
Despite one of the region’s worst droughts, no famine struck rural Ethiopia last year. The drought’s impact was lessened by a food-and-cash-for-public-works program USAID supports and helped design. Today, one of Africa’s largest social safety nets does not just protect against chronic food insecurity, it helps communities weather the future.
ABCG Jobs & Opportunites: Senior Program Officer, Geographical Information Systems by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:02 AM
AWF is currently seeking a talented professional to provide geospatial technical support to AWF's Heartland Program.
One month to go before WCC: zooming in on Food Security by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
With one month to go before the start of the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC), Mark Smith, Director Global Water Programme, highlights the challenges and solutions on one of the Congress' main themes: Food Security.
FrontLines July-August 2012: Changing the World, One Property Right at a Time - Podcast by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
Land tenure, or helping people in developing countries establish clear rights to their property, is a little-known issue that is nonetheless essential to the global fight on poverty. This podcast explains the issue and how the U.S. Government is helping secure property rights around the globe. It is based on an interview with USAID's land tenure division chief.
A Seed in the Desert and a Seat at the Table by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
Your Voice, a continuing FrontLines feature, offers personal observations from USAID staff and development voices. Emilia Pires is the finance minister of Timor-Leste, chair of g7+, and co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding.
New Feed the Future Program Launched by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:09 AM
Feed the Future's new Partnering for Innovation program formally launched on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The program, supported through USAID and Fintrac Inc. aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries to quickly and sustainably improve their productivity and incomes.
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance New Site by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:34 AM
They say a change is as good as a rest. But this is no time to rest! The entrepreneurial opportunities our programs and partners have fostered across the developing world over the last year are the last thing we want to change. These programs are working. Our expert volunteers are helping unleash mini-tremors of prosperity despite this time of austerity. What happens with VEGA is going far beyond VEGA! Our focus on small sustainable business development is winning the fight against poverty. The hallmark of all successful businesses, small and large, is the ability to adapt to and lead change and today, VEGA is launching a change of our own. We think you’ll enjoy it!
Testing the Law by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:34 AM
A short film about PT Suryamas Cipta Perkasa oil palm plantation in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Historic Presidential Visit to Burma Highlights USAID Mission by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:34 AM
On Nov. 19, President Barack Obama made a historic visit to Burma, becoming the first-ever sitting U.S. President to travel to the Southeast Asian country. In Rangoon, the President dedicated the opening of USAID's mission in Burma. This marked the first time in the Agency's history that an American president has dedicated a USAID mission.
ABCG Jobs & Careers Resources: Population Reference Bureau - Policy Communication Fellows by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:34 AM
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies.
ABCG Jobs & Careers Resources: Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:34 AM
Bearhs ELP is currently seeking applicants for the 2013 Beahrs ELP summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of California, Berkeley.
USAID Participates in 2012 AIDS Week by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM
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.
Statement by Administrator Shah on the Death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM
On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, I join President Obama in extending my heartfelt condolences to the family of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and to the people of Ethiopia.
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