The partnership development team foster and welcomes innovation and creative thinking. It’s focused are on the strengthening of the U.S-Brazil relations as well to ensure that our development efforts deliver results. The team is committed to practice high-impact development by changing the way we do business. The partnership development team shift from aid to investment – working with host nations in building sustainable models. One example: Mais Unidos Group, a partnership between the U.S Mission and the U.S companies through USAID in Brazil. Mais Unidos presents opportunities for USAID/Brazil leverage its technical assistance and expertise resources. USAID led the Group to create a governance structure – Board of Directors and Steering Committee and an investment fund where U.S companies make its financial contribution. USAID provide its technical assistance and expertise and, along with Mais Unidos steering committee, manage the investment fund. Its objective, among other things, is to develop strategic partnerships such as the one with the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation or with the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Another example is the strategic partnership model that involves Trilateral Cooperation. USAID/Brazil works closely with the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, USAID’s counterpart, to assist and help third countries such as Mozambique, Haiti and Honduras. It is an innovative way to join forces by sharing expertise and resources in order to pursue greater results. The partnership team aims to streamline its work and help to transform the Agency into a modern, efficient development enterprise.
Mais Unidos - Shared Values
Private sector companies (PSC) are expanding its investments in development using their corporate social responsibility financial resources. USAID learned that most PSCs welcomes and valued USAID expertise to develop and implement socio-economic and environment projects with PSCs and for PSCs.
How can USAID better address these opportunities to work and partner with PSCs? How can USAID identify these opportunities? The answer: create a group led and coordinate by USAID, where PSCs participates to discuss social investment, development and joint projects. Why? Because group setting maximize the use of resource, increase chances for successful partnership development and promote the exchange of best practices and experience. Thus, USAID created Mais Unidos Group.
Through Mais Unidos, USAID understands the private sector needs/wants and identify partnership opportunities without using a considerable amount of resources. At the same time; USAID is able, because of its coordination and leadership role, to bring to the Group concepts such as Shared Value.
How is it done? USAID organizes, promotes and develop the agenda for meetings and gathering with PSCs in a group setting such as General Assemblies and workshops that will result in the exchange of experiences and the development of partnerships.
Alexandre Alves & Alex Araujo, USAID/Brazil
Last updated: January 08, 2014