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USAID Suspends New Applications For Development Innovation Ventures Program

Devex: USAID suspends new applications for DIV innovation program
“Development Innovation Ventures, a part of the U.S. Global Development Lab that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs with ‘breakthrough solutions,’ [stopped] accepting applications at the end of the day on Friday. The application window for DIV is ‘temporarily suspended beginning on July, 28, 2017, until further notice,’ a U.S. Agency for International Development spokesperson wrote Devex in an email, adding that ‘The temporary closure of the window does not mean a closure of the DIV program’…” (Saldinger/Cheney, 7/28).

NPR: U.S. Suspends Applications For ‘Innovative’ Anti-Poverty Efforts
“…Friday’s announcement puts a hold on a program that provides seed funding for innovative initiatives like developing low-cost smart tractors in Nigeria and running a peer support group for pregnant women in Nepal. … Since its founding in 2010, DIV has made nearly 170 awards for more than $90 million in more than 40 countries. Award recipients include NGOs, businesses, research groups, and universities…” (Murphy, 7/28).