The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners will advance a science-and technology-based approach to development, creating a new global marketplace of innovations and taking them to scale to help end extreme poverty by 2030.
USAID believes the Cornerstone Partners bring cutting-edge technologies, deep expertise, advanced research and development capabilities, far-reaching networks of customers, suppliers and community organizations, and more than $30 billion in independent investments in emerging markets through science, technology, innovation and partnerships.
“Science and innovation bring an intrinsic value to efforts to solve the world’s biggest challenges such as food insecurity and poverty. We at DuPont are excited to join the USAID Global Development Lab as a part of our commitment to collaborating to deploy global science and local solutions to these challenges, ” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont.
The forum featured an expert panel discussed the value of bringing together multiple partners with diverse expertise to find and scale solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. On the panel:
- Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
- Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA
- Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General for the Swedish International Development Agency
- Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
- Panel Moderator (invited): Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal
The Lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years. To advance this approach, USAID is also increasing the number of scientists and technology experts in the Agency, including 65 fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“To solve our most intractable development challenges, USAID has established a new way of working, bringing on board the best and brightest staff and new partners, all working in concert to help end extreme poverty,” said Shah. “The Lab will engage a global community of inventors, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders in science and technology to invent, test, and scale the most promising and cost effective solutions to end extreme poverty.”