These girls deserve better than the status quo

World leaders will meet in New York to lay out a vision and a plan for inclusive economic growth and long-term stability for struggling nations.
Woman in tea field picking tea leaves (© Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

Investing in Africa without creating debt traps

The U.S. partners with private companies to provide aid around the world for transparent, bottom-up growth and development that supports local communities.
Two workers in hard hats, with geothermal plant in background (Carole Douglis/USAID West Africa)

Japan joins Power Africa, with a focus on geothermal technology

Japan has joined Power Africa, an initiative President Obama announced in 2013, and will work with African governments to develop geothermal power.
Floor mosaic tile showing figure of bird (© Ariadne Van Zandbergen/Alamy)

U.S. helps Egypt preserve bird-themed mosaics [video]

In Egypt's ancient port city of Alexandria, visitors are discovering the exquisite bird-themed mosaics of a Greco-Roman villa from over 2,000 years ago.
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Don’t just zap space aliens. Change the world. [video]

Games for Change, a nonprofit group, has been designing and promoting games designed to inspire gamers to change the world.
Construction crew working (Morgana Wingard/USAID)

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

Sometimes foreign loans and investment come with strings attached.
Cardboard recycling cutout on grass (Shutterstock)

A quest to make packaging Earth-friendly

Industrial engineer Paul Tasner creates biodegradable packaging that would offer the same quality as its plastic counterparts.
Woman taking selfie with four other people (State Dept/D.A. Peterson)

Future leaders prepare to tackle global challenges

Each year dozens of young change-makers put careers on hold to learn how U.S. nonprofits tackle global challenges. They return home more fired up and better prepared than ever.
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.