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Partnership Opportunities

USAID Ethiopia is committed to an evolving model of partnership with those we serve. We recognize that sustainable solutions for global challenges are a joint effort with Ethiopia, partners of all sizes, citizens, and the wider development community.

We're passionate about challenging conventional wisdom to create new ways to work directly with local entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and partner country governments.

Watch this page for proposal solicitations and other procurement opportunities.


Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge

USAID released the 2nd Global Innovation Call for the Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) initiative to support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of Clean Energy Solutions that increase agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries.

PAGEC will issue individual awards ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 USD for Clean Energy Solutions that are either:
(1) at the early stages of research and development to refine/improve the design of the technology, establish proof of concept, pilot field tests, and adapt technologies/business models to new markets or; (2) at the later stage of product/business model development to assist with expansion to commercial scale.

For more information about Powering Agriculture and this announcement, please go to http://poweringag.org/call-innovations.


Global Resilience Challenge

On September 19, the U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry announced the launch of the Global Resilience Challenge
 
The Challenge is a three-stage grant competition focused on developing and implementing locally driven, high-impact solutions that build resilience in three focal regions: the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and South & Southeast Asia.
 
In the first stage of the Global Resilience Challenge, diverse, cross-sector teams will assemble and submit proposals that demonstrate a locally-driven understanding of the barriers to building resilience in their focal region. Teams that advance to the second stage will receive up to $200,000 to further develop their problem statement and to develop a bold, innovative, scalable solution and implementation plan. And in the third and final stage, teams who have built the most promising solutions will receive initial funding on the order of $1 million to implement their transformative proposal--turning their ideas into reality.
 
The first stage of the Challenge closes on November 30, 2014. Now is the time to build your team and to prepare your application!
 

The Challenge guidelines and FAQ can be downloaded from the website, globalresiliencepartnership.org

You can sign up for Challenge information updates, email alerts, and other events hosted by the Global Resilience Partnership. To sign up, simply go to the website, scroll down to the bottom and input your contact information.


PRIME Innovation and Investment Fund Grants - Request for Applications

PRIME is a 5-year, $52 million USAID-funded project designed to increase household incomes and enhance resilience to climate change through market linkages in Ethiopia's dryland areas. Intermediate Results under the PRIME project include: increased livestock productivity; increased capacity of communities to respond to climate change; improved access to alternative livelihoods; improved nutritional outcomes; and improved knowledge management and learning for pastoralist issues. PRIME’s Innovation and Investment Fund (IIF) is a program facility that is designed to strengthen the resiliency of Ethiopia’s pastoralist areas by providing financial and technical assistance to private companies and other organizations that participate in the value chains and markets important for the pastoralist areas.

The objective of this RFA is to encourage and invite eligible applicants with innovative ideas and new approaches to enhance competitiveness, profitability and sustainability in the livestock sector, support activities which help communities understand and cope with climate change, and work along institutions that are focusing on building capacity through essential skill transfer and entrepreneurship in the pastoral community.


PRIME Innovation and Investment Fund - Annual Program Statement

PRIME is a 5-year USD 52 million USAID-funded program designed to increase household incomes and enhance resilience to climate change through market linkages in Ethiopia's dryland areas. Intermediate Results under the PRIME project include: increased livestock productivity; increased capacity of communities to respond to climate change; improved access to alternative livelihoods; improved nutritional outcomes; and improved knowledge management and learning for pastoralist issues.

Legally registered Ethiopian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with activities that benefit the economic and market development of Afar, Oromiya and Somali regions, and that require funding for fixed assets, training, marketing, technical assistance or other one-off expenses are eligible to apply.
Illustrative ventures may include enterprises that focus on;
  • Improving access to and availability of quality livestock inputs, including feed and fodder
  • Improving animal health services,
  • Improving meat and live animals trade,
  • Strengthening the dairy value chain.
  • Essential skills transfer for youth and entrepreneurs,
  • Strengthening Poultry value chain
  • Efficient and renewable energy technology

In addition to SMEs, financial institutions, private equity and business advisory firms, research institutes and other not-for-profit entities can apply for support of IIF under identical conditions as SMEs and for support of projects that have and objectives for economic and market development of Afar, Oromiya and Somali regions.


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Last updated: November 20, 2014

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