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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.


Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development

On March 21, 2014, the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development and the United States Bureau of Reclamation announced the launch of the Desal Prize. The second call for proposals under Securing Water for Food, the Desal Prize aims to incentivize the creation of an environmentally sustainable small-scale brackish water desalination system that can provide potable water for humans, as well as water appropriate for crops in developing countries.

The winning innovation will be selected based on its fulfillment of several criteria, including:

  • Provides water that is both potable and appropriate for crop irrigation
  • Powered solely by renewable energy
  • High system water % recovery and concentrate minimization
  •  Minimizes environmental impact
  • And is cost efficient, durable, and easy to maintain

The Desal Prize will be awarded to environmentally sustainable working proto-types that can be used for small-scale brackish water desalination in developing countries. Up to 10 Semi-Finalists will receive seed money to build a prototype or further develop their device which will be tested in a controlled testing facility. Top performing devices from this group will be selected as Finalists and will receive additional seed money to continue optimization of their project for field testing before a judging panel selects the awardee(s) to receive a total of $400,000. Applications will be accepted from June 16 – August 1, 2014.

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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: July 16, 2014

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