A free PDF of the report is available on the National Academies Press website.
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New report assesses USAID's science and technology development assistance programs
Published: Friday, 24 Feb 2017
The National Academy of Science has just released a report that assesses the current and future role for science, technology, and innovation in assistance programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Recently USAID has begun to transform itself from its traditional role of designing and wholly funding stand-alone projects in individual countries to that of a global broker of organizations and resources to achieve impacts that are broader, more sustainable, and more cost-effective.
The report examines challenges and opportunities for USAID in expanding the utilization of science, technology, and innovation in development assistance; assesses how USAID has deployed science, technology, and innovation; and recommends priority areas for improvement going forward in partnership with others.
According to the report, among USAID's top priorities should be scaling up successful interventions, strengthening host countries' capacity to apply science and technology to their own development, and expanding investments in science, technology, and innovation that engage and empower women.
Two MSU representatives, DeAndra Beck, associate dean for research at International Studies and Programs; and Julie Howard, senior advisor to the ISP associate provost and dean, served on the committee for the publication.
Download a free PDF of the report on the National Academies Press website.