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Today in East Africa, in a region known as the Horn, more than 13.3 million people are in crisis – more than the populations of New York City and Los Angeles combined. The worst drought the world has seen in 60 years is devastating farmlands, uprooting families and killing tens of thousands in four countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.  This is the largest humanitarian crisis on Earth today, yet has received very little attention from the American public. 

USAID – in partnership with the Ad Council- launched the FWD Campaign to highlight the uniquely devastating nature of this crisis and to ask people to help spread awareness.  FWD—Famine, War, Drought- stands for our call to action so people get informed, get engaged and forward this information on to their friends and families.

Visit, to experience sharable info-graphics, interactive maps and tool kits that people can use to learn about the crisis in simple, clear ways.  But beyond donations, the most powerful contribution people will make will be to share what they learn. Visit to forward the facts.


Grand Challenges for Development:

Wondering about the biggest problems in development?  Want to use your creativity to support development?  The Grand Challenges for Development identify problem statements and open the development landscape to new and creative ideas.   All Children Reading, a Grand Challenge designed to  dramatically, sustainably reduce global illiteracy in the primary grades, will be launched November 18th, 2011.  Our first Grand Challenge, Saving Lives at Birth, focused on dramatically, sustainably reducing stillbirth, newborn death, and maternal death, was launched in March 2011.


Presidential Management Fellows:

The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  This two-year paid fellowship includes 160 hours of formal classroom training and a four to six month developmental assignment. PMFs at USAID are also part of an active support network with several formal and informal professional development opportunities as well as social gatherings and community volunteering activities. After successfully completing the two-year program, PMFs are eligible for conversion to a permanent Government position and further promotional opportunities.

For additional information on the Presidential Management Fellows program and to obtain an application, please visit



For information regarding the USAID Internship Program, please visit their Home Page.


Post-Graduate Fellowships:

The world has become increasingly interconnected – both challenges and opportunities. Therefore science and engineering can no longer be held within ivory towers or basement laboratories. The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship  offers stimulating opportunities to the brightest Ph.D. scientists, engineers, medical doctors and veterinarians to break out of the traditional paths and use their knowledge and expertise to support USAID and make a lasting impact on development.

Similarly, USAID's Bureau for Global Health hosts the Global Health Fellowship Program for U.S. Citizens with a Masters or higher degree in the discipline of public health or a related field.


Food Security:

University students are the next generation of leaders who will help respond to the global challenge of food insecurity. Promoting access for students to opportunities and tools that can promote innovation across the agricultural sector is a core focus of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The Feed the Future Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Program is driving a major new effort to train individuals and strengthen developing country public and private institutions. For more information about any of the following Feed the Future’s Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Initiative programs, please contact or visit

Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks for the following programs

  • A new U.S. Fellowship Program, managed by Purdue University, will offer support to American graduate students conducting food-security related research in developing countries. This program will be managed by Purdue University.
  • A new U.S. University Partnership geared toward training the next generation of researchers to address food insecurity that will be managed by a consortium of U.S. universities and will include new models for MSc and Ph.D. training in the agricultural sciences.


Additional information about collaborative research with universities can found here.

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