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USAID Economic Growth Policy

Read this policy that draws on the latest thinking and evidence in the field of economic development and provides a common frame of reference for USAID staff and programs around the world.


This policy:

  • Advances the approach of investing in enterprise-driven development to improve the effectiveness of USAID’s economic-growth programming and further the Journey to Self-Reliance in our partner;
  • Asserts the importance of economic analysis and systems-based approaches in the design, management, and evaluation of economic growth programs;
  • Elevates the requirement for USAID’s interventions to produce measurable impact with a clear exit strategy so that USAID does not continue to repeat the same programs in the same sectors; and
  • Emphasizes that USAID’s work produces shared benefits for developing economies and the U.S. economy.