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We understand that humanitarian assistance is both a gift and an investment on behalf of the American public. It contributes to a future that all of us will share. We are constantly looking for ways to work smarter.
Featured Reports and Publications
Each week, USAID features selected reports and publications on this page to highlight the work of our staff and partners around the globe. For more reports on USAID's work, please visit our Reports to Congress page and the Development Experience Clearinghouse.
Early on in his first term, the President elevated development as a core pillar of American foreign policy, and directed the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our partners across the government to step up our game.
He challenged us to follow where the evidence leads, and then to lead with the evidence. He called on us to innovate and adapt to the world we live in, and to work with developing countries around the world not as the recipients of charity but as true partners.
Since then, the men and women of USAID have made great strides toward realizing President Obama’s vision while continuing to advance our mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. This includes steps to diversify the streams of capital that finance development; improve the way we measure progress; and invest in force multipliers like science, technology, innovation, and partnership to accelerate our impact.
These steps, among others, have helped us build a stronger and more accountable USAID. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, USAID continued to spur real outcomes for real people across a diverse array of sectors, including global health, food security, energy, education, governance, and humanitarian assistance.
Learn more in the FY 2016 Agency Financial Report.
USAID invested $425 million in research and development (R&D) in 2015, and joined forces with partners to tackle some of the biggest development challenges ahead of us — from ending preventable child deaths to rooting out hunger. By scaling solutions like the ones highlighted in this report, we can go beyond incremental progress and achieve transformative change in sectors such as agriculture, health, environment, and governance.
When we invest in R&D, we unlock force multipliers for our work and identify solutions not just for today’s challenges, but for the challenges of the future. We can help eliminate the causes and effects of global poverty and respond to emerging challenges posed by a growing population and a changing climate. We can save and improve lives, contribute to economic growth, enhance stability, and help build stronger families, communities, and nations.
USAID’s R&D investments will continue to pay dividends well into the future, making important contributions toward advancing our national security, promoting our economic interests, and reaffirming U.S. leadership on the international stage. Through a strong R&D enterprise, USAID catalyzes and scales innovations by leveraging domestic and international research efforts, filling knowledge gaps, and strengthening thought leadership in international development.
Learn more in the Research and Development Progress Report.
Results and Data
See how our work - on behalf of the American public - spans the globe:
Did You Know?
- More than 3 million lives are saved every year through USAID immunization programs. And thanks to USAID, over 850,000 people have been reached with USAID HIV prevention education, and 40,000 people have been trained to support HIV/AIDS programs in their own countries.
- More than 50 million couples worldwide use family planning as a direct result of USAID's population program.
- With the help of USAID, 21,000 farm families in Honduras have been trained in improved land cultivation practices which have reduced soil erosion by 70,000 tons.
- USAID has targeted some $15 million in technical assistance for the energy sectors of developing countries. U.S. assistance has built a $50 billion annual market for private power. U.S. firms are capturing the largest share of the $50 billion annual market for private power in these markets.
Last updated: April 20, 2017