Reports and data u.s. agency for international development gas works park address

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The day I arrived at USAID, I described our mission like this: the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist. I believe that each of our programs should look forward to the day when it can end, and, around the world, we should measure our work by how far each investment moves us closer to that day.

Each country must lead its own development journey, so I believe USAID should prioritize tools and reforms that build a country’s capacity to take on its own challenges. Every human being, every family, every community, and every country wants the self-dignity of providing for itself and being self-reliant. In the area of humanitarian assistance, we will always stand with people when disaster strikes or crises emerge, because that is who we are as Americans. As the world’s leader in humanitarian assistance, we will also call on others to do their part.

As responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, we will work relentlessly to ensure our partners deliver assistance as effectively as possible, and because we believe that the truest sense of compassion comes with helping others to help themselves. As we respond to immediate needs, we will also look for ways to build partner resilience against future crises.

The actions and goals described in this Agency Financial Report (AFR) are critical to that effort. We worked with the Office of Inspector General to ensure the financial and summary performance data included in this report are complete, reliable, and accurate. This AFR shares how we are becoming more effective and efficient, including steps we are taking to be more responsive to the Department of the Treasury and our interagency partners. It describes how we are strengthening country capacity, and becoming more outcome driven. And it shares how we are strengthening our monitoring– and–evaluation systems to improve oversight and accountability. By taking these steps, I believe that USAID is helping to move us closer to the day when foreign assistance is no longer needed.

USAID invested $425 million in research and development (R&D) in 2015, and joined forces with partners to tackle some of the biggest development challenges ahead of us — from ending preventable child deaths to rooting out hunger. By scaling solutions like the ones highlighted in this report, we can go beyond incremental progress and achieve transformative change in sectors such as agriculture, health, environment, and governance.

When we invest in R&D, we unlock force multipliers for our work and identify solutions not just for today’s challenges, but for the challenges of the future. We can help eliminate the causes and effects of global poverty and respond to emerging challenges posed by a growing population and a changing climate. We can save and improve lives, contribute to economic growth, enhance stability, and help build stronger families, communities, and nations.

USAID’s R&D investments will continue to pay dividends well into the future, making important contributions toward advancing our national security, promoting our economic interests, and reaffirming U.S. leadership on the international stage. Through a strong R&D enterprise, USAID catalyzes and scales innovations by leveraging domestic and international research efforts, filling knowledge gaps, and strengthening thought leadership in international development.