Founded in 1992, Higher Education for Development (HED) furthers the engagement of higher education with the development goals of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Originally known as the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO), the organization was established by the six major presidential higher education associations in the United States.
ALO released its first Request for Applications (RFA) in 1997 and began granting awards in 1998. In 2006, ALO’s name changed to Higher Education for Development (HED) to better communicate the organization’s function and character.
Delivering results is central to HED’s mission. Since our founding, HED has awarded funding to hundreds of strategic, innovative partnerships in more than 60 nations—partnerships that build human capital, strengthen economic capacity, support agricultural productivity, improve health, develop access to clean water, and much more. HED’s cooperative agreement with USAID currently operates under an extension through FY 2015. This extension allows HED to augment its portfolio, strengthen monitoring and evaluation activities, and expand outreach to both USAID Missions and potential partners.