Empowering women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Is it possible for chocolate, coffee, and gold to be responsibly produced in a way that also empowers women? This business says, "Yes — watch us."
Students in crowded classroom (© AP Images)

The world needs 4 million new teachers. Is your country running...

An estimated 12 million more teachers will be needed by 2020 to achieve universal primary education.

2019 Nobel Prize winners: Economic sciences

Harvard and MIT professors have transformed the global fight against poverty by conducting precise experiments among affected communities.
Construction crew working (Morgana Wingard/USAID)

How U.S. aid avoids ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

Sometimes foreign loans and investment come with strings attached.
Three people smiling in boat (Peace Corps)

Peace Corps volunteers making a difference in the Philippines

The Peace Corps has sent 8,800 volunteers to the Philippines since 1961. Some 180 are there today as teachers, conservationists and community developers.
Iran's president raided from National Development Fund (Source: Treasury Dept.)

U.S. sanctions Iran’s central bank for terror ties [infographic]

The U.S. is increasing sanctions on Iran's regime for shifting money slated for the country's economic development to terrorism.
Man walking past oil field equipment and structures (© Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. companies help rebuild Iraq

Post-ISIS Iraq has embarked on rebuilding its battered economy and is looking abroad for private sector partners to tackle major reconstruction projects.
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U.S. donates lifesaving aircraft to Honduras

The Honduran Air Force now uses U.S.-built aircraft for rescue missions, humanitarian assistance and efforts to disrupt narcotrafficking.
Two people standing in bucket by power lines (Claire Novak)

Women break boundaries in the energy sector

USAID is working in nine countries to increase the number of women in the energy sector,  especially in higher-paying technical and leadership positions.