economic development

Infographic comparing U.S. and Chinese business environments (State Dept./S. Wilkinson)

The effect of corruption on business

Strong laws and trustworthy institutions protect investors and businesses from corruption. That's why the different approaches of the U.S. and China matter.

U.S. works to boost economies in Central America [infographic]

Download this shareable graphic about the economic relationship between the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Hands holding seeds (© Moises Castillo/AP Images)

Helping farmers of Central America

Download a shareable graphic that shows how the U.S. is helping farmers in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras boost their crops and their incomes.
Woman sitting in jewelry store (Dave Cooper for USAID)

Salvadoran women transformed, one bead at a time

Meet the woman behind a U.S.-backed business in El Salvador that creates handcrafted jewelry combining strings of many colors, seeds and nuts.
Illustration of person shouldering large red bag (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Countries are waking up to the cost of predatory loans

Some cheap infrastructure loans may sound like a good deal, but they can leave countries in a debt trap that costs too much.
Oil well at night (© Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)

U.S. is world’s largest producer of crude oil

The United States has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia and is now the largest producer of crude oil, the latest figures show.
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.
Hands holding three large cacao pods (Justin Mott/Marou)

The chocolate makers in Vietnam

Learn how an American entrepreneur and a Vietnamese cacao grower are trying to put Vietnam on the chocolate map with the help of USAID.
Girl pulling cart of water jugs (© Thomas Koehler/Photothek/Getty Images)

America helps Mongolian capital quench its thirst

A U.S.-funded project aims to avert the water crisis in Ulaanbaatar and make Mongolia a model for recycling wastewater.