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Nabila, who is deaf, jumps for joy, surrounded by her loving family in Namusagali Sub County, Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda. In Uganda, USAID worked to improve the livelihoods of 1,500 households with women and girls with disabilities. Credit: Darran Rees/Send a Cow

USAID’s Inclusive Development Hub envisions a world without barriers, where all people—no matter their background, identity, age, or social status—shape their own development and that of their countries and societies.

The Inclusive Development Hub works to protect the rights, safety, well-being, and inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized groups. The Hub also advocates for and provides technical leadership on integrated and standalone programs, policies, training, and research that mitigate harm and promote inclusion and equity within USAID’s development efforts.

Inclusive development is an equitable development approach built on the understanding that every individual and community, of all diverse identities and experiences, is instrumental in the transformation of their own societies. Their engagement throughout the entire development process leads to better outcomes.

At USAID, this means that diverse individuals and communities are active participants and partners throughout the entire development process. Research shows that investments in inclusion and equity improve aid effectiveness, such as creating sustainable economic growth, strengthening national security and stability, and improving health outcomes. By including the voices of all members of society, countries can reach their true potential.


Inclusive Development Stories of Impact

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