Everything USAID did in Russia was done in partnership with Russian organizations and people. This spirit of partnership also helped to enhance the voices and contributions of Russians as they sought to solve problems, community by community.
As the centennial of International Women's Day nears, it is worth noting that 101 million children around the world do not attend primary school, and girls are disproportionately represented in this appalling figure.
Investing in girls and women should also be a means of empowering them and putting them at the center of the development debate. They should be at the table when political leaders and donors define how new funds will be allocated.