March 3, 2017

Workforce Development for Women in Nigeria Requires a Cultural Shift

By Udunopa Abalu

One day while visiting my native country Nigeria over the holidays, I was out with some friends in Abuja, and I saw a large billboard advertising Maggi seasoning. The Nigerian-made bouillon cubes are often crumbled and sprinkled into dishes to make them more flavorful.

This billboard showed the image of a proud and smiling Nigerian woman on one…

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October 25, 2016

Nii Doodo Dodoo
Project Country Director, Ghana Improving Food Safety Systems Project 

How long have you been involved with IESC’ 
Since June 2016

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most’ 

Creating an environment that motivates staff to go the extra mile. I am constantly on the lookout for factors that demotivate staff so I can attend to them. I therefore try to keep…

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November 6, 2015

The Agency for Economic Development and and Empowerment has submitted its final report of the “Feasibility Study and Strategic Business Plan for the Proposed National Business Development And Advisory Center” to the IBEX Program.

Read the full report here.

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November 4, 2015

Sohail Shariq (center) organized a fundraising effort to buy winter prep kits for local Afghan children. He is pictured here with some of the children who received warm winter clothing.


The winter temperature in Kabul can get pretty cold, around 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and down into the teens at night. For the ABADE Program team, the approaching winter is a concern. Not for themselves,…

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August 24, 2015

Business owners and officials gathered in Herat to celebrate successful investment partnerships that are fueling private sector growth in the region. The August 18 event was hosted by the Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises Program, a USAID-funded program that catalyzes business development through public-private alliances that facilitate the expansion and diversification of investment partners’ production…

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March 31, 2015

This story was originally published in the March/April 2015 edition of USAID’s Frontlines Magazine.

Kazakhstani food processing entrepreneurs visited Kansas State University to improve bakery techniques. Photo: VEGA

Did you know that North Dakota has climate similar to that of Kazakhstan’ And that, as a result, with U.S. assistance, the state’s cattle have served as…

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