USAID’s new mission statement calls for focus on multidimensional poverty

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a new mission statement calling for an end to extreme poverty and recognition that poverty is multidimensional.

The mission statement says the agency’s focus on poverty ‘does not end when someone crosses the official threshold for extreme poverty to earn $1.26/day…Poverty is multidimensional, requiring an approach to address hunger and food insecurity, illiteracy and innumeracy, ill-health, dis-empowerment, marginalization and vulnerability’. Through programmes such as ‘Feed the Future’, USAID aims to target ‘symptoms of and pathways out of poverty’.

OPHI collaborated with USAID and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to develop the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). Launched in 2012, the WEAI is an innovative tool which tracks women’s engagement in agriculture in five areas: production, resources, income, leadership, and time use. The index is used to effectively monitor the performance and evaluate the impact of Feed the Future programmes.

You can read USAID’s mission statement in full here.