USAID Invests up to $20 million in UC Berkeley’s Global Development Initiatives

UC Berkeley’s leadership in developing innovative and practical solutions for global problems is being recognized in a $20 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award will fund a new multidisciplinary lab to ready inventions for the developing world, train a new generation of development practitioners and innovators, and launch a brand new field of research — Development Engineering.

The funding is part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network, a bold new initiative, officially launched last November, which leverages faculty and student ingenuity at seven U.S. and foreign research universities to help fight global poverty. The entire network, which will establish development labs at each university, is based on the campus’s Blum Center for Developing Economies.

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