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Around the world, 125 million people are affected each year by conflict or natural disaster.

And humanitarian crises are on the rise: More people were displaced in 2015 than any other year on record. In 2015, the U.S. Government provided $6 billion in assistance for more than 60 new and protracted emergencies worldwide.

“The humanitarian system is both stressed and stretched to the limits,” USAID Administrator Gayle Smith told Reuters before the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey last month.

This is why Administrator Smith emphasized the need to focus on improving efficiency, flexibility and financing of humanitarian assistance, as well as safeguarding the safety of those who provide support.

Follow #HumanityActs on Twitter for more on the issue.

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Highlights

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Better Technology = Better Farming


Last week, ahead of June’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit, USAID co-hosted the Ag Innovation Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. to help entrepreneurs overcome a barrier to scaling solutions that can end poverty: funding. Innovators showcased game-changing technologies at the nexus of energy, agriculture, water and food and met potential investors. Learn more about USAID’s agriculture work and follow #GES2016 for GES updates.
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Nurses Worldwide Make a Difference


Is it possible for one person to have a life-long impact? Rula, a nurse in the West Bank, does that every day as she keeps premature babies alive.

Meet Rula in a video and multimedia story on USAID’s Storytelling Hub. Do you know a nurse like Rula? Pass this story along to remind them of why their work matters.
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Climate Change Partnership Forged During POTUS Vietnam Trip


President Obama talked trade during a May visit to Vietnam, and encouraged collaboration, including this Climate Change Partnership. In Vietnam, the President highlighted why USAID’s work is important: “[A]s partners in the fight against climate change...we need to help farmers and villages and people who depend on fishing to adapt and to bring more clean energy to places like the Mekong Delta.”
Climate Change Partnership Forged During 

POTUS Vietnam Trip. Photo: Pete Souza / White House
15 Days to Submit Your Solution to Infectious Disease 

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Less Than Two Weeks Left to Submit Solution to Infectious Disease Threats


Will a simple idea solve the next global health threat? While research is underway to create tools to combat Zika and global health challenges, creative ideas have no boundaries and ‘mosquitos don’t go through Customs’ (to borrow from President Obama). Over 1,000 people from 60 countries have entered. Learn more at USAID’s Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development.
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Time to Call Your Shot


People across the world have shared videos to help defeat malaria since USAID launched the #CallYourShot challenge in late April with Nothing but Nets, Malaria No More and basketball superstar Stephen Curry.

Want to learn more? Listen in on a Huffington Post Live segment featuring USAID’s Global Malaria Coordinator Tim Ziemer. Together we can beat malaria, one net at a time!
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