Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

US AID: Transforming lives

US AID: Transforming lives – http://usaid.gov/results-data/success-stories

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are typical crops for Madagascar?
  • What are some challenges faced by unregistered migrants in Kyrgyzstan?
  • What are some challenges living in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley?


Short poverty fighting success stories, admittedly with a positive spin. May be helpful in showing what sorts of situations people in developing countries find themselves in. Stories from 2011 included:

  • A Young Designer Gets Career Boost (Jordan)
  • A Woman in a Man’s Job (Afghanistan)
  • A Staunch Defender of Rural Children Living with HIV (Zimbabwe)
  • Somali Soap Opera Promotes Financial Literacy
  • A Medical Lifeline on the Border (Burma)

Stories may be browsed in order of posting.


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