Interagency Development Initiatives

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To achieve a particular development outcome, the United States often seeks to leverage the competencies of multiple government agencies engaged in providing foreign assistance. To coordinate policy and action around particular development challenges, the US government frequently relies on interagency initiatives.

CGD’s work reflects a desire to improve aid effectiveness by examining the development impact of US interagency initiatives and drawing out lessons that can be applied to future endeavors. Our research includes analyzing initiatives’ designs and authorities, assessing results compared to goals and expectations, and proposing measures to maximize program results.

Current CGD research covers the following US initiatives:

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), created in 2003, is working to transform the deadly epidemic into a manageable disease by providing multiyear funding for, and bringing coordination to, US global HIV/AIDS activities.

Feed the Future, started in 2010, addresses food security in developing countries by committing US resources to reducing poverty among smallholder farmers and improving nutrition for women and children.

Power Africa, launched in 2013, takes aim at energy poverty in Africa by leveraging US assistance and private sector investments to expand electricity generation and access for thousands of households and businesses across the continent.