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USAID Launches U.S. Global Development Lab

Media sources report on USAID’s launch of its new U.S. Global Development Lab.

Devex: USAID, Hillary Clinton launch Global Development Lab for game-changing innovations
“The day is finally here. After four years in the works, multiple name changes, and numerous launch delays, the U.S. Agency for International Development is finally unveiling the Global Development Lab, which it hopes will bring greater innovation to meeting the goal of ending extreme poverty and ‘take game-changing solutions to more than 200 million people’…” (Igoe, 4/3).

The Guardian: U.S. seeks to foster development innovation with $1bn-a-year lab
“Inspired by such epochal breakthroughs as the ‘green revolution,’ not to mention the advent of humbler technologies including the cow manure-powered fridge, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to sink almost $1 billion (£602 million) a year into a new global development laboratory. The scheme will bring together scientists, corporations, universities and charities in a collective that will dream up and test new tools to fight poverty…” (Jones, 4/3).

SciDev.Net: U.S. innovation partnership aims to end extreme poverty
“The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is further ‘ramping up’ its commitment to placing science and technology at the heart of development with the launch today of a major innovation partnership. Bringing together a wide range of actors, including businesses, universities, and NGOs, the U.S. Global Development Lab (GDL) will help create and spread science-based solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, says Lona Stoll, a senior adviser to USAID’s administrator…” (4/3).

USAID IMPACTblog: USAID launches Global Development Lab
“[Thursday] in New York, we launched our Global Development Lab, the new arm of our agency that will foster science and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030…” (4/3).