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Every day, every week, every year DFID, the Department
for International Development, is fighting poverty on behalf
of the UK public.
This little book of successes highlights 52 case studies, one
a week for a year, to show the range of work that DFID
supports and the real impact that it is making on the lives of
real people around the world.…read more

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Literacy rates soar The results have been remarkable, with pupils achieving
results typical of children a full two years older. Teachers
in Zambia are so impressed that they now apply the techniques they
learned during PRP training to other subjects, and the school is
planning to use PRP for adult literacy lessons.
Parents are also enthusiastic, which particularly pleases Mr
Mtonga: "At the beginning some parents took their children
out of the school because they wanted them to learn in
English right away.…read more

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Shelters for Sri Lanka's
tsunami-hit Muslim communities
The swift revival of their business is testament to the couple's
hard work and determination. It is also thanks to the
£600,000 that DFID gave to Islamic Relief, an international
charity, to build 900 temporary wooden shelters in Ninthavur
and other villages nearby.
The shelters are built on concrete foundations, and each has a
tin roof, two rooms and basic furnishings.…read more

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Ripening Ghana's But this comfortable arrangement was recently challenged
by a new pineapple variety ­ the MD2. This is favoured by
pineapple industry European supermarkets for its sweeter flavour and higher fibre
content, meaning less demand for Ghanaian varieties.
So in 2004 the Ghanaian government launched a $2m
programme to introduce the MD2 to Ghana. The trials were
successful, and showed that Ghana had a favourable climate,
giving it an advantage over established MD2 producers.…read more

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Reducing African poverty ­ ownership. This has played an important role in reducing
poverty. A London Business School study shows that, in
with mobile phones developing countries, an increase of ten mobile phones per
hundred people boosts the economy's growth rate by 0.6%.
At its simplest, a mobile phone allows farmers and fishermen
to find out the prices in various markets, and allows a
handyman to travel to nearby villages only when he is told
by phone that there is a job available.…read more

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New weapons in the war It is estimated that if all women who are currently unable to
use condoms applied a microbicide, even a 60%-effective
against HIV and AIDS in Africa product could prevent 3.7 million infections within three years.
This would transform the fight against AIDS.
About 60 microbicides are now in development, with 14 in
clinical trials. DFID has provided £16 million of funding for
the Medical Research Council's Microbicide Development
Programme.…read more

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Flying emergency aid to Jacqui's team had three Chinook helicopters and an RAF
attachment at its disposal. Each helicopter can transport six
earthquake-hit Pakistan tonnes of aid, and return with 24 casualties. Between them
the helicopters could carry 280 tonnes of aid each week.
DFID has also provided four smaller helicopters to operate in
restricted areas during the winter.…read more

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Improving AIDS awareness In Zambia, over 15% of people are HIV positive. Yet people
are afraid to be tested in case the results are positive. "They
in Zambia fear divorce," says Juliet. "They fear that their families will
abandon them and that they will die immediately."
With DFID funding and the commitment of volunteers like
Juliet, the HIV/AIDS Alliance runs a variety of programmes to
overcome this stigma, to improve sexual health services, and
to increase access to prevention advice and treatment.…read more

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Tomatoes bring hope for However, things are looking up, and Kofi and 500 other
farmers are now being trained in the most efficient growing
Ghanaian farmers techniques. Since the start of the DFID-funded project in
2002, the farmers' annual yields have increased dramatically
­ from 1.5 to 5 tonnes per acre. Their ultimate aim is to reach
20 tonnes per acre.
DFID has persuaded two private-sector companies, Afrique
Link and Unilever, to help.…read more


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