A New Model of Development: USAID’s Annual Letter
March 28, 2013
The U.S. Agency for International Development highlights recent efforts to end extreme poverty and lays out a vision for the future.
Members of the Tomatoya-Chaguite Grande cooperative in northern Nicaragua are earning higher incomes from their cabbage crop with assistance from a USAID-funded program.
Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its third annual letter discussing the eradication of extreme poverty and the agency’s new model of development.
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“We’re moving from a traditional model of top-down development to a new model that engages talent and innovation everywhere to achieve extraordinary goals,” writes USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “We’re trying to change the way development works, with new partnerships, a greater emphasis on innovation, and a relentless focus on measuring and delivering results.”
TechnoServe has been partnering with USAID on a wide range of innovative programs — and delivering meaningful results — for more than 30 years. In Nicaragua, with support from USAID and Catholic Relief Services, we helped farmer organizations like the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative expand their businesses and create new prosperity in their communities. In Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, we’re working with USAID and Vodafone on the Connected Farmer Alliance, providing mobile financial services to farming communities and linking farmers with agribusinesses. And in Haiti, a coalition* of public and private partners that includes USAID, The Coca-Cola Company and TechnoServe is helping 25,000 smallholder mango farmers double their incomes.
Read USAID’s full 2013 Annual Letter to learn more about the role high-impact partnerships play in the effort to end extreme poverty.
* The Haiti Hope Project is a public-private partnership comprised of The Coca-Cola Company; the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB); the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and TechnoServe.
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