About the U.S. Global Development Lab

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U.S. Global Development Lab
U.S. Global Development Lab
The Development Innovation Economy by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
The Development Innovation Economy by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
The Lab is a new entity within USAID
that seeks to increase the application of science, technology, innovation and partnerships to achieve, sustain and extend the Agency’s development impact to help hundreds of millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

We do this by working closely with our colleagues across the Agency and by bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, incubate and scale breakthrough innovations in areas like water, maternal and child health, food security and nutrition, energy, education and financial inclusion.

Our Mission

To discover, test, and scale breakthrough development innovations to solve development challenges faster and cheaper in support of U.S. foreign policy and development goals and to accelerate the transformation of USAID as the world’s premier development agency.

Our Focus

Accelerating Progress

The U.S. Global Development Lab will focus around six initial problem sets, consistent with the U.S. government’s development and foreign policy priorities. With support from the Lab, USAID will dramatically improve or save the lives of over 200 million people in the next 5 years.

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Modernizing Food Assistance
  • Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths
  • Energy Access
  • Water Solutions
  • Child Literacy
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Rights, Participation and Accountability
  • Humanitarian Response

Our Organization

The Lab is made up of five Centers and two Offices in support of its Mission. Learn about the U.S. Global Development Lab's leadership here.

Partner With Us

If you are excited about the Lab’s vision and want to be part of this bold new approach to development, we want to hear from you!

Interactive Map of Global Development Lab Projects

Last updated: October 31, 2014

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