Research for Development Learning Summit

Learning Summit
LASER PULSE operates with an objective to enhance the generation and use of Higher Education Institution (HEI)-based research for decision making in global development. This Summit aims to bring together representatives from USAID Missions, Bureaus and Independent Offices (M/B/IOs), the LASER PULSE consortium, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) , NGOs, private sector and donors, to share LASER PULSE’s experience of utilizing academic rigor to produce solutions for development challenges alongside 26+ USAID M/B/IOs.

USAID LASER PULSE Research for Development Learning Summit

Date: Tuesday, May 02

Time: 8:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Eastern time)

In-Person Location: Ballroom at Blackburn Student Center, (2397 6th St NW) Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Virtual Location: Zoom

Topics covered during the summit included:

  • Discussion of Minority Serving Institutions’ (MSIs) engagement in international development
  • Lessons from LASER PULSE’s experience on conducting cross-sector collaborative research in international development 
  • Highlights from LASER PULSE’s research in education, food security, and private sector engagement  
  • Dedicated time and space for Q&A, feedback and networking.

The keynote speech was delivered by Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub, USAID.

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