ADS Chapter 200

Speeches Shim

Development Policy

Functional Series 200 – Programming

Partial Revision Date: 01/15/2021
Responsible Office: PPL
File Name: 200_011521


This chapter describes the process of creating USAID development policy and articulates the development policy universe that affects all of the Agency’s programs and actions. “Development policy” is defined as guidance covering the purpose, content, and substance of USAID programs. Given the complex, multidimensional environment that influences all development work, this chapter does not rank individual policies. Policy priorities are influenced by numerous factors and may change over time. Operating Units and Missions remain best positioned to determine the applicability of policies and the prioritization in a given context.