USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures: Investing in Game-Changing Ideas
Maura O’ Neil, Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator, USAID
Thomas A. Khalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation, National Economic Council
James Long, PhD candidate in Political Science, University of California San Diego (UCSD), and from September 2012 Academy Scholar at Harvard University and an Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Daniel F. Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies
In a more austere era for international development, innovative and cost-effective solutions are in greater demand than ever. Supporting innovation in development has been an important part of USAID’s history going back to the Green Revolution. The bi-partisan HELP Commission in 2007 recommended creating a “DARPA for development.” In an effort to increase investments in game-changing innovations the U.S Agency for development launched the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program in October of 2010. Through DIV, USAID provides grants to new development solutions and tests them to find those ideas that will bring sustainable change to millions of lives.
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