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USAID Launches the Global Development Lab - Food Security and Nutrition as Focus Areas

This post contains excerpts from the USAID Impact Blog article on the Lab's launch.

On April 3, USAID formally launched the Global Development Lab. Presenting live in New York City, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah opened the event with a call for "collaboration and innovation to end poverty."

Working alongside a diverse set of 32 partner organizations, USAID envisions the Global Development Lab as a "convener" of the brightest minds in science and technology coming together to solve some of the world's toughest and most meaningful problems. The 'Lab' will focus on developing, testing, and scaling innovative science and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030. The Lab aims to reach over 200 million people in five years.

The Global Development Lab will focus on nine core areas where science, technology, and innovation can dramatically accelerate progress. The nine core areas are:

  • 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

As the Administrator remarked, "today, exciting new technologies are emerging that ar helping to redefine what we can achieve together." Open source development seems to be the guiding theme for the future: using the right technologies to make better decisions in our fight to end extreme poverty.

Visit the Global Development Lab to learn more.

See what some cross-industry global leaders had to say about the launch.

Scroll below for some snapshots of the lively discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #DEVTalk.