Ann Mei Chang is the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and aims to transform global development through science, technology, innovation, and partnerships. Prior to USAID, Ann Mei was the chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps, an international NGO. She also served as the senior adviser for women and technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. In addition to her work in the public sector, Ann Mei has more than 20 years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley.
In 2011 Devex and the U.S. Agency for International Development partnered to form Devex Impact, an initiative designed to foster a community of practice around the growing role of business in global development. Now as that partnership ends and Devex Impact is integrated into Devex, here's a look at some of the lessons learned and how the intersection of business and development has evolved in the past five years.
We have a big opportunity in global development right now — thanks in part to game-changing advances in information and communications technology, we have better data and tools to analyze development programs, projects, and outcomes than ever before, writes USAID's Ann-Mei Chang, in this #DataDriven guest commentary.