-- Supported the game-changing CAPRISA study, which in July provided the first ever proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could safely and effectively reduce the risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV from men to vulnerable women. Science Magazine recently named the CAPRISA study one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2010.
-- Launched a country-based strategic planning approach, with 20 Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS) already underway. The CDCS will help the agency make evidenced-based decisions, prioritize investments, and hold itself accountable for results.
-- Provided shelter, food and medical supplies for the more than 20 million people affected by the floods in Pakistan this summer.
-- Piloted a groundbreaking mobile banking technology to increase Haitians' access to much-needed financial resources following January's devastating earthquake.
-- Assumed leadership of Feed the Future, the U.S. government's signature food security initiative, in December. USAID quickly established the Bureau for Food Security committed to addressing chronic hunger.
-- Announced the first recipients of Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) funds that will, among other outcomes, improve rural solar access and produce affordable, fuel-cell powered bicycles. The DIV promotes innovative and scalable solutions to core development challenges.
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Editor's Note: The text of this entry previously appeared here on the Impact Blog.