USAID and 32 partners launch Lab to help end extreme poverty by 2030


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah has announced the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab during a launch event in New York. The Lab’s creation is part of a strategic decision to emphasize innovation as one of the critical tools needed to end extreme poverty and will foster science-and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

In his remarks, Dr Shah highlighted that tackling preventable maternal and child deaths must be part of the strategy to end extreme poverty in two decades. He cited innovations such as Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care to prevent infection among newborns, as well as Helping Babies Breathe, a public-private partnership that prioritizes skilled attendants at birth to help babies who struggle to breathe at birth. Several innovations that address the needs of mothers and newborns are highlighted in the Lab's "catalogue" and will be taken to scale as part of this focused effort to enhance science and technology to solve global problems.

The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners from a large cross section of corporations 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. The Lab is a critical part of delivering on the President Obama’s commitment to game-changing innovation in the first-ever Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development.