On June 12 (Tuesday), the U.S. Agency for International Development and major partner donors will launch another multiyear initiative that aims to encourage game-changing solutions to pressing global development problems.
The focus this time is on promoting clean and affordable energy solutions for the developing world’s agriculture sector. Dubbed “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development,” this initiative is part of the USAID-led Grand Challenge program, which has previously focused on maternal health and child education.
USAID’s partners for Powering Agriculture include the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Duke Energy, the African Development Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The initiative’s launch is part of a high-level convention to be hosted by USAID June 11-13 in Washington, D.C. The inaugural Frontiers in Development forum will feature a by-invitation only delegation of 700 government, corporate and nongovernmental thought leaders and development experts. Confirmed speakers include the presidents of Liberia, Kosovo and Malawi, heads of GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Citigroup, and a number of U.S. politicians and celebrities.
Frontiers in Development aims to encourage “forward-looking, provocative discussion and debate” on various development topics. The first day, for instance, will focus on finding the right balance among development, diplomacy and security as well as challenges of development in conflict states. The succeeding days will cover topics such as health care delivery, innovative development approaches, technology and development, food security, and the future of development assistance.
The forum is a partnership between USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
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