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USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development)

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. USAID's work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

USAID provides assistance in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan AfricaAsia and the Near EastLatin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.

With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. USAID works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.

Gender Equality in Education
The objective of the Women in Development (WID) Office's Basic Education program is to strengthen the capacity of USAID/Washington and Missions to institute gender-equitable practices and policies in USAID-funded basic education activities as a means of improving children's attainment of a basic education, especially for girls. Interventions that promote gender equality will address some of the demand issues that prevent girls from entering or continuing their schooling, thereby increasing their chances of staying in school and completing their education. Unsafe school environments, inequitable practices in teaching, textbooks and learning materials that promote gender stereotypes often negatively impact achievement and completion rates for girls. Therefore, ensuring that girls stay in school and eventually complete the basic education cycle, requires that all stakeholders (parents, community members, educators, policymakers, and donors) look beyond enrollment and address larger, contextual issues, such as the impact that gender has on educational quality.


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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Christine Beggs
Senior Education Advisor 
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue 
Washington, DC  20523-3901 
Email: cbeggs@usaid.gov