We caught up with Aaron Mwewa, to talk about his experience in the Public Management track of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Aaron Mwewa is an award-winning media practitioner who has worked for over 10 years at national and international levels. As an assistant editor for Parliamentary publications in Zambia, he has the responsibility of expeditiously producing well-edited transcripts of the parliamentary debates, which are published as official records. He is skilled in community and resource mobilization, as well as providing media-related training and developing content for various media outlets. Aaron holds a degree majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in Development Studies from the University of Zambia. For now, his main driver is to help bridge the gap between Parliament and the people.
Office Deputy Director Jessica Healey and USAID DREAMS/Public Private
Partnership Advisor Lizzy Chanda explained to us the importance of
commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, established on December 19, 2011, when the United Nations General Assembly
adopted Resolution 66/170. The purpose of the International Day of the
Girl Child is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face
around the world. This year, the theme is "The Power of the Adolescent
Girl: the Vision for 2030" and USAID highlights some of its activities to
keep Zambian adolescents in school and support them to be empowered, AIDS-free,
mentored and safe.
We sat down with Mercedes Stickler and Stephen Brooks to discuss USAID’s Land Tenure program. The program leads efforts to incorporate effective and sustainable land and resource governance solutions into U.S. Government development strategies and U.S. private sector foreign investments that protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable and support economic growth.
Strengthening land rights is central to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient societies in the developing world, where over 70% of land is unregistered. Lack of secure property rights is a major constraint to economic growth, food security, good governance, conflict reduction and climate change resilience. USAID works to improve land and resource governance and strengthen property rights for all members of society, especially women.
Currently, USAID has land tenure programs in 24 countries, with a total investment value of over $300 million. This programming complies with international and demonstrated best practices that clarify the rights to use, control, transfer and allocate, land and resources while promoting sustainable land use practices.
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program & U.S.
African Development Foundation Small Grants share the same goals of providing
small-scale assistance directly to Zambian community based organizations as
part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. government to support Zambian-driven
development activities on a local level. Due to their shared missions, the two
programs (SSH/ADF) are combined into one application and granting process which
is conducted on an annual basis.
September 9, 2015
We had lots of fun during an educative robotics
demonstration in the Information Resource Center! Five Zambian high school
students who excelled at the 2015 RoboRAVE international competition in the
U.S. state of New Mexico shared with other students their knowledge and
discussed how we can apply robotics to solve problems in our community, like
fire outbreaks and pollution. We also had representatives from the technology
and innovation hub BongoHive, who presented some of their projects and ways
they support young Zambians. Later, we sat down for an interview.
U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center Director Wilcliff
Sakala spoke to Devante Watson an activist for positive social change and a
nationally acclaimed orator from the state of New Mexico, U.S.A. They discussed
how university students interested in community service and/or local governance
can engage in community work and local governance activities.
Devont’e has served as an advisor to the mayor of
Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, an
advisory council to the New Mexican Legislature. He is also a member of the State Farm Youth
Advisory Board, the Executive Director for the Associated Students of the
University of New Mexico Governmental Affairs, and the Project Director for the
New Mexico Forum for youth at the Community’s Youth Economic Summer Institute
Ambassador Eric Schultz this week participated in the launch of “Bus Tickets Zambia” with company founder and 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit alumnus Mawano Kambeu, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe, and Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale. During his remarks, the Ambassador hailed the role of exchange opportunities such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in exposing Zambia’s entrepreneurs to new ideas and expressed U.S. support for Zambia’s young, savvy professionals as key drivers of Zambia’s long-term economic diversification and development. The Ambassador pointed out that during a February 2015 Annual Africa Business Conference at Harvard University, Bus Tickets Zambia was named “Africa’s Best New Venture for 2015.” Also that just this week, Mawano Kambeu was informed that the American Association for the Advancement of Science will sponsor him to be a 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit mentor. During Minister Mwale’s remarks, he stated that the American Dream is also the Zambian Dream: that with hard work, commitment, and a good idea, a person can successfully create a business. The Minister also urged Zambian young people to take on President Obama’s “Yes, we can!” attitude.