USAID to Increase Use of Technology, Includes CRS as a Partner

April 3, 2014 by

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) congratulates USAID on the launch of the Global Development Lab, which will be announced April 3rd in New York City. The Global Development Lab, which brings together with more than 30 corporations, universities, NGOs and foundations, will advance a science-and-technology approach to ending extreme poverty by 2030.

CRS is impressed with the catalytic role that USAID will play by bringing a wide range of partners together. We support the emphasis USAID is placing on data and evidence, communications, as well as the suggestion that NGOs and other partners move beyond traditional roles to become thought partners, problem solvers and champions, among others.

CRS is proud to partner with USAID and is already playing a significant role in using science, technology, innovation and partnerships to solve global development challenges. This includes our hosting the annual ICT4D conference (sponsored by USAID), a highly successful event held in Kenya last week. The conference brought together hundreds of NGO staff, donors, educators, government representatives and technology providers to help build resilience through innovations in technology.

CRS is using innovative technology for other development work, as well. This includes:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis conducted by CRS in Haiti
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) platform for global monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
  • ReMIND health project in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • National Malaria Survey for a CRS Global Fund project in Sierra Leone in 2013
  • Cash transfers to Internally Displace Persons in Mali

CRS’ signature programs areas in Agricultural Livelihoods, Health, and Emergency Response and Recovery as well as our deployment of ICT across programmatic activities align well with the focus of the Global Development Lab on food security global health, climate change, energy and ICT. CRS shares USAID’s commitment to achieving transformational development results and is looking forward to a strong and productive partnership with the Global Development Lab.

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