Two men with a small group of children, holding hands out over a bucket (© Bernat Parera)

Combating poverty one bar of soap at a time [video]

SoapBox Soaps is an enterprise that combines business and philanthropy. For each bar of soap sold, it donates a bar to poor people in Africa and elsewhere.
Circle of hands holding red ribbons (© AP Images)

We’re closer than ever to ending HIV/AIDS this World AIDS Day

Latest U.S. government data show historic highs in HIV prevention and treatment as people around the globe celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1.
Man holding tablet in front of robotic arm (Shutterstock)

U.S. manufacturing grows at record level

American manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace in more than a decade. See why.
Illustration of an older electrician showing a younger one how to splice a cable (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Coveted apprenticeships solve skill shortages

President Trump is pushing to double the number of apprenticeships in the U.S., to give workers the skills employers seek and lead to rewarding careers.
Farmer leaning over full-grown cotton plants (© Design Pics Inc/Alamy)

Cotton woos Chinese textile giant to Arkansas

The arrival of a Chinese textile plant in Forrest City, Arkansas, will help local cotton farmers while showcasing sturdy U.S.-China economic ties.
Filipino student reading a book (Leoncio Rodaje/USAID Philippines)

Filipinos can safely study in ‘alternative learning sites’

Unable to attend school because of instability caused by conflict, Filipino children learn at alternative sites with help from a U.S.-backed program.
Man and woman walking alongside olive grove (USAID/Bobby Neptune)

Growing peace in the Middle East through olive oil

A U.S.-backed project unites Palestinian and Israeli olive oil producers and distributors to learn and share experiences while promoting peace.
Girl standing in empty classroom (USAID/Morgana Wingard)

‘When I grow up, I want to become a teacher’

USAID is helping primary school children in Bangladesh by installing "reading corners" in classrooms to provide access to books.
Farmer standing in field of yellow and red flowers in Vietnam (© Alamy)

Vietnam’s provinces compete for new businesses

To help improve Vietnam's business environment, a "competitiveness" index measures the ease of doing business among Vietnam's 63 provinces.