Economic Development

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A place to trade in Kenya

With help from the U.S. Agency for International Development, women are connecting to growing markets in drought-prone northern Kenya. Meet one of them.
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U.S. seeks to be Africa’s partner of choice

A U.S. government initiative is helping connect U.S. and African companies. See how the investment is driving development on the second-largest continent.
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Iran’s regime a threat to international financial system, group says

An international watchdog calls Iran's regime "high-risk" for terrorist financing. See how Iran's leaders flout international norms.
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Securing Africa’s future through private investment

American-style free enterprise has boosted economies around the world. Learn more about the values that help lift countries and people from poverty.
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Historic North American trade agreement explained

President Trump signed the historic USMCA trade deal, which updates and modernizes trade relations in North America and will create prosperity for millions.
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What is the Blue Dot Network for infrastructure financing?

When communities and investors see an infrastructure project is part of the Blue Dot Network, they know it meets high standards of quality and transparency.
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Connecting Peruvian artists to the world

Learn about a U.S.-backed program that helps former coca farmers find legitimate work like pottery and connects them with producer associations.
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Business hub tackles Ecuador’s social, environmental issues

Daniela Peralvo co-founded a company that helps solve some of Ecuador's problems, mentors existing entrepreneurs, and grooms future leaders.
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Ecuadorian plantain business survives earthquake … and thrives

Following a natural disaster, an Ecuadorian woman learns how to make her business bigger and better through a U.S.-supported training program.