Growing the Next Crop of Agri-Tech Entrepreneurs Through Innovation and Scale

Although agriculture has been a cornerstone of the Ugandan economy for generations, many farmers in the East African republic earned barely enough in 2013 to provide schooling for their children. Having grown up in smallholder farming families themselves, agri-tech entrepreneurs William Luyinda, Esther Karwera, and Zilla Mary Arach knew these struggles all too well. “Unfortunately,…

Innovating Techniques and Technology to Improve Education in Tajikistan

In 2021, village elders in the small Tajik community of Isfisor noticed a woman who frequently traveled the unpaved road through their neighborhood to visit the local school. Curious about the nature of the woman’s visits, they asked the school’s director, Nazira Khabibova. “I explained that our school works with the USAID Read with Me project,” says Khabibova,…

Breaking Through Barriers in Ghana to Reach the Last Mile

This post was originally published by the Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, and is cross posted with permission.  When Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) was launched in 2012, it aimed to make high-quality, voluntary family planning (FP) services, information and supplies more available, acceptable and affordable for an additional 120 million women…

Modernizing the Family Planning Supply Chain in Pakistan

Noor is a young woman studying to become a nurse in Lahore, Pakistan. She will get married in two months, but she still has a year and a half of school before graduating as a nurse and wants to wait until after that to have a family. Today, she is visiting a health facility to…

Combating Wildlife Crime Through a Role-Playing Game in South Africa

After a hard day’s work in a South African nature reserve, a reserve manager is approached by someone in their community who offers them a large sum of money for allowing the organized poaching of a rhinoceros in the state park. The rhino is just one of several species in the park’s protected savanna, which…

Private Vendor Competition Strengthens Angola’s Malaria Supply Chain

One of Angola’s most important supply chains ensures the successful procurement and delivery of malaria commodities. These goods are vital to Angola, which is among 10 countries with the world’s highest annual number of malaria cases and deaths. The nation also grapples with some common supply chain challenges, such as poor road networks and weak…

Digital Revolution: The Future of Higher Education in Liberia

The Liberian education system is recovering after decades of civil instability. The longstanding effects of two civil wars, exacerbated by school closures during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, left Liberia with a fragile education system and even weaker information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Although information is more accessible than ever, students and faculty at Liberia’s…

Namibian Farmers Fight Effects of Climate Change with Conservation Agriculture

Farmers who work the rich soil of the Okavango River Basin in the Kavango region of Namibia depend on rainfall to water their crops. In 2018 and 2019, the rain didn’t fall, and the worst drought in 90 years devastated fields, killed thousands of livestock, and left a third of Namibians without adequate food. Some…

Breaking Financial Barriers to Education in the DRC

Across the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7 million children face barriers to learning. They cannot attend sessions where classmates in white and blue uniforms recite lesson plans, write on green chalkboards, or study books under campus trees. These children have been withheld from school because their parents couldn’t afford school…