The U.S. Trade and Development Agency strives to leverage U.S. private investment for global development outcomes — but how does the agency work to ensure those investments actually have an impact?
Devex spoke with Director Lee Zak to find out what kind of mechanisms USTDA has in place to hold U.S. businesses accountable for delivering the development impacts their projects are designed to achieve.
As policymakers and politicians from both sides of the aisle have thrown their weight behind a "new model of development" that seeks to use limited public assistance funds to leverage more private capital, the agency has emerged as a bigger player in the U.S. aid ecosystem.
Still, some question whether measuring the impact of public-private partnerships has kept pace with the enthusiasm surrounding them.
This is the second of two excerpts from our conversation with Lee Zak. The full interview will be published on Monday in the Development Insider.
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