Stories and News
September 30, 2019 NORC at the University of Chicago is pleased to invite leading academic researchers across development sectors to apply to join the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC).
September 10, 2019 On May 17, 2019, RTAC hosted a high-level policy convening related to “Digital Tools and the Future of International Development” in Washington, DC. Led by RTAC partner [email protected], the convening attracted almost 90 technology leaders and practitioners from USAID, academia, the private sector, and the donor community for a daylong event
June 26, 2019 Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is growing and evolving daily. In May, USAID’s Research Technical Assistance Center brought together more than 80 experts in IA and international development to discuss digital tools and the future of international development. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss AI, its potential, and the challenges that need to be managed when applying AI in development initiatives.
June 25, 2019 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ticora V. Jones, the Director of the Center for Development and Research within the Global Development Lab at USAID to discuss power of partnerships to advance development solutions. Excerpts below offer Dr. Jones’ insights on her vision for the Research Technical Assistance Center, the role of partnerships with academic researchers, and the value in diversity of perspective and experience.
June 25, 2019 In spring 2019, I had the privilege of working with an energetic team of public health faculty and graduate students at the University of Indonesia led by Professors Asri Adissamita and Hadi Pratomo. Under USAID’s Research Technical Assistance Center, the UI team received specialized technical assistance to develop a Research-to-Action Plan to promote the use of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)
May 9, 2019 Through USAID’s Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC), a research team is collaborating to identify and advance effective investment solutions for Nigeria and Uganda’s Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs)—commercially viable businesses with five to 250 employees seeking between $20,000 and $2 million in investment capital.
May 8, 2019 Under USAID’s RTAC, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is creating cross-border connections between higher education institutions, faculty, and students to cultivate research collaboration, build capacity, and exchange ideas.
February 11, 2019 February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark the day, the Research Technical Assistance Center is featuring female scientists from the network on our website. Learn more about how they are promoting evidence-based decision making to advance women’s empowerment and reduce gender inequality.
November 8, 2018 Serving as a strategic resource to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) leverages the scientific expertise of academic researchers from across the globe to promote evidence-based policies and programs.