Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment

The Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) provides technical leadership, research, and field support for worldwide activities in the areas of Economic Growth and Trade, Infrastructure and Engineering, Education, Environment and Global Climate Change, Water, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. E3 represents the Agency on relevant technical matters in the Inter-agency and with Congress, outside partners, other donors and multilateral institutions. The Bureau also supports research and rigorous impact evaluations to advance Agency strategies and programs in E3 sectors and determine the most effective approaches. E3 encourages innovation and is working on two Grand Challenges for development, in education and energy, as well as other methods to identify new ideas and bring them to scale.

The E3 Bureau has 12 offices:

  • The Economic Policy Office provides Agency-wide technical leadership on public policy issues related to economic growth in the developing world.
  • The Trade and Regulatory Reform Office provides policy advice and expertise on the reforms needed to promote economic growth and trade. The office also coordinates with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
  • The Private Capital and Microenterprise Office develop and support tools, approaches, and intermediaries that can mobilize private finance at scale in the developing world.
  • The Local Sustainability Office is focused on deepening the agency’s partnerships with local development actors – which include civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, private firms, philanthropies, and cooperatives – in order to facilitate sustainable, locally-led development.
  • The Energy and Infrastructure Office provides technical leadership and field support for energy, information communications technology, and urban and engineering services.
  • The Education Office works to provide quality educational services, primarily at the basic and tertiary levels, and access to education in conflict and crisis settings.
  • The Global Climate Change Office provides technical leadership, field support and guidance related to accelerating the transition to low emission development, increasing resilience, and integrating climate change throughout the Agency’s work.
  • The Water Office works to support a more water-secure world through improved management across competing user groups, strengthened services and practices related to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and more sustainable use of water.
  • The Forestry and Biodiversity Office supports Agency programs that work to ensure the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of forests.
  • The Land and Urban Office works to clarify and strengthen the land tenure and property rights of all members of society, and to strengthen complex urban systems and the well-being of urban poor.
  • The Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment works to integrate gender equality and female empowerment systematically across USAID’s work, along with ongoing programs and projects to advance female empowerment and gender equality.
  • The Planning, Learning and Coordination Office supports the strategies and implementation plans to achieve the Bureau’s mandate, develops annual budget requests, and communicates results of Bureau programs through outreach events and activities.
  • The Professional Development and Management Services Office provides professional staff development to employees as well as personnel, administration, and management functions for the Bureau.

Last updated: January 17, 2020

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