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Health Social and Environmental Policy International Development

Abt Associates Acquires Australian Health and Social Science Firm JTA International  


Abt JTA Abt Associates has acquired Australia-based international health and social sector consulting firm JTA International. The acquisition extends the breadth and depth of Abt's expertise in international health and development and offers new opportunities for diversifying the company's client base.



New Online Resource Details More Than 900 U.S. Initiatives to Combat Sex Trafficking


car at night It takes three conditions to keep a market flourishing: supply, demand and distribution. Eliminate demand from the equation, and the market collapses-even if it's the age-old business of prostitution. Demandforum.net, a website officially introduced today by Abt Associates, is the first venue to offer comprehensive information on the more than 900 city and county initiatives in the U.S that aim to combat prostitution by getting men to stop buying sex.

Mali Coup Leads to Abt Innovation:
The Insectary-in-a-Box

Conference Spotlights Regional Trade's Crucial Role in West Africa's Food Security


Abt Associates, through its USAID-funded Agribusiness and Trade Promotion (ATP) projects, organized a three-day conference in Accra, Ghana, January 29-31. Food Across Borders: Improving Food Security through Regional Trade in West Africa drew more than 200 participants from across the region to examine regional trade's often overlooked yet pivotal role in food security.



Building on Vietnam's Health Gains


The health of Vietnamese people has improved significantly in recent years through a variety of interventions. To help sustain these achievements, two USAID projects implemented by Abt Associates, the Health Policy Initiative (USAID/HPI) project and the Avian and Pandemic Influenza Initiative (USAID/APII) project, are helping to build Vietnam's resilience against and ability to respond to infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and avian influenza.





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Put Children and Youth at the Top of the Agenda

In an op-ed for the Huffington Post, Abt Vice President and Senior Fellow Deborah Klein Walker calls on policymakers to place children and youth at the top of the national agenda.



When Paying It Forward Pays Us Back

A New York Times op-ed about interventions that keep Medicare beneficiaries healthier quoted Abt Associates Principal Associate Howard Rolston, Ph.D.


Above the Noise: Taking Resilience from Buzzword to Real-World Impact

Thierry van Bastelaer, Abt principal associate and economist, contributed an op-ed to devex.com about resilience as a new concept to describe how development can increase people's stability in the face of disaster, disease, and other adverse events.

Shively on Dan Rather Reports

Abt Senior Associate Michael Shively, sat down to talk with Dan Rather about reducing the demand for commercial sex; the interview is available for download on itunes.

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Meryl Finkel Meryl Finkel, Ph.D., principal associate at Abt Associates, has been named to lead the company's Housing and Communities' Practice. In this role, Dr. Finkel will be heading one of three practices in the Social and Economic Policy Division, overseeing 37 projects and managing a staff of 45.
Laura Peck Laura R. Peck, Ph.D., a leading policy evaluation methodologist and principal scientist at Abt Associates, was recently elected to the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).  
Charles DiSogra, survey methodologist and statistician, has joined Abt SRBI as the company's newest senior vice president. DiSogra will lead Abt SRBI's Advanced Methods Group.
Michael Lopez Dr. Michael L. Lόpez, an authority on the development, education and wellbeing of low-income and at-risk non-English speaking children, has been named principal associate at Abt Associates.  Lόpez will lead the company's expansion of its childhood education practice and support Abt's evaluation work on the Investing in Innovation Fund for the Institute of Education Sciences.
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