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Pastoralists Turn to Apps to Find Grazing Fields

From the ashes of this failed project and in partnership with USAID, Google and iHub, PCI then launched AfriScout, a mobile phone application that displays current water points, pasture, vegetation, areas prone to diseases, areas where herders are likely to encounter wildlife or hostile conditions, and other circumstances that pastoralists need to know about before migrating.

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Biodiversity Hotspots

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) focuses on biodiversity hotspots​, Earth’s most biologically rich and threatened areas.

The 36 biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species, yet their combined area now covers only 2.3 percent of the Earth's land surface. Many encompass priority areas in multiple countries. Each one faces extreme threats and has lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat.

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Engineering Services (A&E IQC) for the Tanzania Irrigation and Rural Roads Infrastructure Project

CDM Smith was contracted by USAID/Tanzania to implement this project which supports the objectives of the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative. FtF is a US Government effort which aims to address the root causes of global hunger by sustainably increasing agricultural productivity to meet the demand for food, supporting and facilitating access to strong markets, increasing incomes for the poor so they can meet their food and other needs, and reducing under-nutrition.

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Rural Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project

Only 42 percent of Afghans have access to clean drinking water. Moreover, only 27 percent of the rural population has access to sanitation facilities resulting in exposure to water-borne illnesses that cause diarrhea, claiming the lives of an estimated 85,000 Afghan children under the age of five every year. USAID partners with the UNICEF to work with the Afghan Government, with other development agencies, and with civil society to strengthen the quality of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in households, schools, and health facilities.

Evaluation

Final Evaluation Report - Education for Income Generation Project (EIG)

USAID/Nepal supported Education for Income Generation (EIG) Program was a five-year (2008-2012), $14.7 million program designed to respond to a root cause of conflict— exclusion of disadvantaged youth from relevant education, training and employment opportunities. The program combined literacy and life skills education; technical and vocational training linked to employment; training to increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes; and targeted scholarships for disadvantaged Dalit youth to increase access to higher (10+2 and college certificate) education.

Evaluation

Multi-Stakeholder Evaluation of Agriculture and Livestock Value Chain Activities in Kenya

The Kenya Development Partners have committed themselves to aligning their support for agricultural sector projects and programs behind a country-led plan, and to developing a common framework for monitoring and evaluation (M&E). They are interested in learning from one another’s experiences with value chain interventions, determining what design and implementation approaches are working or have worked in Kenya, and understanding why those approaches have been successful.