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RELEASE: Innovation Fellowship to Address Global Development Challenges

Now Seeking Applicants from Science, Tech, Entrepreneurship Fields
Published:   November 2, 2012

Washington, D.C. — Arizona State University (ASU) and the New America Foundation have joined with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to offer the Innovation Fellowship, an opportunity for experts in science, technology and entrepreneurship to help find dynamic solutions to some of the most complex problems facing the foreign aid community around the world.

ASU, MCC and the New America Foundation invite applicants with technical expertise in social and physical sciences, supply chain or other business management, medicine, engineering or other relevant disciplines to apply to the Innovation Fellowship. The application opens on Nov. 1, closes on Nov. 18 and is open to those who meet the qualifications listed online at mccif.asu.edu.

“ASU’s New American University model is designed to rapidly focus science, technology and innovation on acute global challenges and to bridge knowledge creation and implementation,” said Michael M. Crow, president of ASU. “We are excited, along with our partners at the New America Foundation, to support MCC as they advance their next-generation programs and projects in international development and global poverty reduction.”

Fellows will be placed throughout MCC operations to advance the effective application of business, science, technology and related expertise in international development and the foreign affairs activities of the U. S. government.

"The U.S. foreign aid community faces a unique opportunity to accelerate the pace of poverty reduction through increased emphases on the traditionally underrepresented fields of science and technology," said Jamie Zimmerman, director of the Global Assets Program at the New America Foundation. "We are excited to partner with ASU and MCC to help nurture strategic and practical innovation within the U.S. government's global development architecture through the Innovation Fellowship."

Duties of the Innovation Fellows will be dependent on the individuals’ expertise and capacity and may include:

•    Conduct research, survey existing best practices and generate knowledge to enhance project implementation;
•    Measure and compare social and economic benefits of new and existing projects;
•    Assist MCC and its partner countries to enhance the use of technology in development projects;
•    Develop new approaches to building sustainable public-private partnerships in MCC partner countries;
•    Work with monitoring and evaluations team to address questions beyond standard M&E activities;
•    Conduct cross-compact evaluation and identify opportunities to improve efficiency;
•    Provide MCC with recommendations to build the capacity of partner countries.

Each Fellow will be paired with a mentor within MCC as well as at least one leadership mentor from academia, the development community, and/or the private sector.  Mentors will be selected based on Fellows’ individual goals and interests.  All leadership mentors will be at the top of their respective fields and will support Fellows and help them expand their professional networks.

“MCC was founded with a focused mandate to reduce poverty through economic growth,” said Omar Hopkins, MCC’s director of infrastructure. “MCC continuously reviews our operational experiences to inform and strengthen our development model and by partnering with ASU, MCC will leverage their expertise in research and teaching to help identify lessons learned, improve our own practice, and share our experiences broadly within the development community.”

More information about the fellowship and how to apply is available at mccif.asu.edu.

About the Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth.  MCC is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance, economic freedom and investments in people.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.

About the New America Foundation
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

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Arizona State University media contact:
Amelia Huggins, (480) 965-1754, amelia.huggins@asu.edu

Millennium Challenge Corporation media contact:
Gina Jackson, jacksongm@mcc.gov

New America Foundation media contact:
Clara Hogan, (202) 596-3369, hogan@newamerica.net

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