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USAID policies, strategies, frameworks and visions are developed in close partnership with Washington bureaus, international field missions and other partners. They are based on analysis, evidence and past experience, clarify the agency's corporate position in key areas and provide guidance to the field.

Draft USAID Vision for Ending Extreme Poverty Available for Public Comment

Last year, USAID adopted a new mission statement: "We partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity." Since then, through events including Frontiers in Development in September 2014, and a recent evidence and experience summit on ending extreme poverty, USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning has been actively leading an intra-agency process to formulate USAID's Vision for Ending Extreme Poverty in collaboration with the Chief Economist and technical experts from across USAID.

The background work involved in this process has increased our understanding of the nature of extreme poverty; explored where there has been success in reducing poverty and why; and examined what role we can play in the global goal of ending extreme poverty. The draft vision proposes a USAID definition for extreme poverty and a theory of change for ending it. Most importantly, the vision is meant to illustrate how USAID's current and future work connects to this key element of our mission.

USAID is making this draft available for voluntary public comment to draw upon the knowledge, experience and creativity of citizens to assist the agency in finalizing the vision.

Your comments will be reviewed internally and are expected to enrich the thinking behind the vision as it is finalized. Comments will be accepted until the deadline of July 10, 2015 via email to endextremepoverty@usaid.gov. We may contact you via your email address for additional feedback, clarification or further discussion.


U.S. Development Policy in Context

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USAID activities are informed by the President's Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD-6). The PPD-6 calls for the elevation of development as a core pillar of American power and charts a course for development, diplomacy and defense to reinforce and complement one another in an integrated, comprehensive approach to national security. The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) supports the PPD-6 and the National Security Strategy, and proposes steps to strengthen our diplomatic and development capabilities to better meet our foreign policy goals. Leading through civilian power means directing and coordinating the resources of all America's civilian agencies to prevent and resolve conflicts; help countries lift themselves out of poverty into prosperous, stable and democratic states; and build global coalitions to address global problems. 

The USAID Policy Framework 2011-2015 operationalizes the policy guidance set forth in the PPD-6 and QDDR, clarifies USAID’s core development priorities, explains how operational principles will be applied across USAID, and presents an agenda for institutional reform (known as USAID Forward).

USAID policies, strategies, frameworks and visions support our efforts to achieve the agency's mission of partnering to end extreme poverty and promote resilient democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

Policies, Strategies, Frameworks and Visions

The scope, intent and composition of USAID policies, strategies, frameworks and visions vary according to subject matter and issue area. They are intended to convey the thinking of the agency’s leadership and, in some cases, make agency commitments to key stakeholders. As such, they seek to make an operational difference in the effectiveness of USAID’s development programs. Policies, strategies, frameworks and visions are designed in a collaborative, evidence-based process that engages expertise from throughout the agency and from external resources. They illustrate USAID's understanding of the nature of challenges within a certain theme and the best approaches for accomplishing agency goals in this area.

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Biodiversity Policy [PDF]

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Climate Change & Development: Clean Resilient Growth Strategy [PDF]

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Policy on Cooperation with the Department of Defense [PDF]

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Counter Trafficking in Persons Policy [PDF]

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Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights & Governance [PDF]

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Education: Opportunity Through Learning Strategy [PDF]

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Ending Child Marriage & Meeting the Needs of Married Children: The USAID Vision for Action [PDF]

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Evaluation: Learning from Experience Policy [PDF]

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Gender Equality & Female Empowerment Policy [PDF]

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LGBT Vision for Action: Promoting & Supporting the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Individuals [PDF]

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Local Systems: A Framework for Supporting Sustained Development [PDF]


Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025 [PDF]

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Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action [PDF]


Guidance for Programming in Closed Spaces

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Scientific Research Policy [PDF]


Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis Policy & Program Guidance [PDF]

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Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World Policy [PDF]

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The Development Response to Violent Extremism & Insurgency: Putting Principles Into Practice Policy [PDF]

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Water & Development Strategy 2013-2018 [PDF]

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Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity Policy [PDF]



Last updated: June 26, 2015

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