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Upcoming Webinar: First Quarter Business Forecast and Partner Update

On Thursday, December 16, at 8:30 a.m. ET, USAID will host our FY 2022 First Quarter Business Forecast and Partner Update webinar.
by: USAID
Nov 18, 2021
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USAID/South Sudan Awards First-of-Its-Kind Contract to Local Partner

South Sudan, a nation founded in 2011 following a destructive civil war, is a challenging place for international development organizations and partners to work. Threats to the safety of foreign development workers are widespread, making implementation of projects extremely difficult. In this context, programming through local organizations, who are embedded in communities, and therefore can operate less conspicuously, is almost a necessity. So when the South Sudan Mission needed to acquire data about the quality of services being provided to people living with HIV/AIDS around South Sudan, these circumstances, combined with a Mission team that was open-minded about finding the right mechanism for achieving the Agency’s objectives, created the conditions for a first-of-its-kind direct contract award to a local organization in South Sudan.
Nov 16, 2021
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Upcoming Webinars: Learn More about WorkwithUSAID.org

The USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance's Industry Liaison Team will be hosting a number of webinars to help guide you through all that the new WorkwithUSAID.org platform has to offer as well as to share information on how to partner with USAID.
Nov 10, 2021
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Partnering with the Private Sector for Greater Development Impact, Scale, and Sustainability

Today, the world faces an enormous annual gap of $2.5 trillion to finance global development goals and this gap cannot be made up by foreign assistance alone. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of global financial flows to emerging economies come from private, not public, investment. To achieve a greater development impact, it will be essential to engage and collaborate with the private sector to drive sustainable growth, create jobs, and advance opportunities that improve lives and build resilience worldwide. 
Nov 10, 2021
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Adaptability Is Key to Success for Project Supporting Central American Women

The Rainforest Alliance, funded by USAID as part of the New Partnerships Initiative, leverages local partnerships to help women in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico develop leadership skills and access economic opportunities. Learn how the project tapped into local partners’ expertise to find success in new ways despite recent challenges.
Nov 2, 2021
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Three Keys When Responding to USAID Solicitations

A primary goal of USAID's New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) is to capitalize on good ideas, and the NPI team is working to make it easier for partners to present them to the Agency and apply for funding. In order to streamline the process, under NPI awards, applicants submit a three- to five-page “concept note” detailing the scope of the proposed concept and responding to questions in the solicitation. USAID uses these responses and the evaluation criteria outlined in solicitations in the selection process.
Oct 28, 2021
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Moving Past the Fear of Failure

A friend of Thomas Edison was visiting the famous inventor, who had been working for months on inventing an alkaline storage battery. At that point, Edison had tried more than 9,000 experiments, all unsuccessful. When the friend expressed sympathy at the lack of results, Edison smiled and said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!"
Oct 26, 2021
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How to Engage with USAID

Want to learn more about working with USAID? Read this Q&A with Matt Johnson, USAID Industry Liaison and Communications Director for the Office of Acquisition and Assistance. He provides insights and practical advice for partners and access to important links for more information.
Oct 21, 2021