Durham, NC - Duke University will be able to draw on its expertise in social entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle global health challenges, thanks to a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that was announced Thursday in Washington.
As one of the founding partners of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) -- a new USAID initiative intended to leverage the power of universities to create breakthrough development solutions -- Duke will launch the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD). SEAD is a global health development lab that identifies and supports the growth of solutions to global health challenges in low- and middle-income countries.
"We are thrilled that Duke's global health and entrepreneurship initiatives will be founding elements of USAID's new partnership with universities," said Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead. "Our faculty look forward to contributing their research and expertise toward new and effective solutions to global health problems."
SEAD is a joint initiative among the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) at Duke Medicine, and the Duke Global Health Institute, being undertaken in collaboration with the Developing World Healthcare Technology (DHT-Lab) at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. In addition, faculty from the Duke Center for Science Education, Sanford School of Public Policy, the Department of Economics and elsewhere across Duke will serve as advisors for the initiative.