Partnerships in ICT

USAID places strong emphasis on building relationships with the private sector.

Partnership With Intel Corporation

USAID and INTEL signed a global MOU in December 2006 under which more than twenty partnerships across the globe were launched.  In March, 2012, the two organizations have signed a new MOU building upon the success of the first five years of partnership, to expand access to and usage of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for populations in developing and emerging markets. USAID and INTEL intend to focus on utilizing technology to (1) advance the interests and livelihoods of women and girls in emerging economies;(2) expand access to broadband, by connecting and developing cost-effective and efficient broadband solutions; (3) support USAID’s Grand Challenges, (4) enhance Education, to transform teaching, enhance learning outcomes, and equip students with critical 21st century skills; (5) support USAID’s Climate Change programs,  (6) support USAID’s health project portfolio; and (7) further Entrepreneurship, to facilitate small and medium sized businesses to start and grow their own companies through entrepreneurship, digital literacy skills, and through strategic deployment of ICTs.

Partnership With Cisco Corporation

The USAID and Cisco Systems Entrepreneurship Alliance. Cisco and USAID have worked together to jointly sponsor Networking Academies in more than 40 countries since 2000. Now, building on these successful partnerships, Cisco and USAID are collaborating to promote entrepreneurship. The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute strengthens the entrepreneurial spirit, increases jobs, provides real-world experience, and helps develop and sustain economic growth.  The Institutes provide  (1) Entrepreneur-specific  business knowledge, including business planning skills that help businesses grow, differentiate, innovate, and succeed;  (12)  mentoring  through working with local and regional business leaders; (3)  Internet business solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises; and (4) A technology-enabled human network.

The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute offers a series of workshops delivered over an open sourced, Web- and media-enabled platform allowing for in- person, remote, and blended learning environments enhanced by the experience of local, successful entrepreneurs and facilitators. Offerings include Starting a Business, Growing a Business, and iExec Essentials (how to tech-enable a business), and specialized curricula for vertical sectors such as Healthcare, Agriculture, Manufacturing, etc.   The content localization approach enables content to reflect country-specific business practices and laws ensuring that the curriculum is relevant to the target populations.

Partnership With Microsoft

The USAID-Microsoft Global MOU was put into place in October 2007. In addition to USAID, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the Millennium Challenge Corporation are parties to this MOU. While there is a focus on HIV/AIDS, the MOU cuts across all sectors with regards to providing a platform for seeking joint project-level engagements. USAID’s ODP and Microsoft teamed up in a partnership in Vietnam through a TOPIC64 project.

Partnership With Global VSAT Forum

The USAID-GVF Global MOU was put into place in December 2008. GVF is a worldwide satellite industry association with approximately 200 members made up of satellite providers, related equipment manufacturers, and on-the-ground licensed satellite operators. GVF, through its members, has been instrumental in providing rapid response solutions for responding to natural disasters such as the Pacific Tsunami and more recently the Haiti earthquake.

Partnership With NetHope

NetHope is a rich consortium of 34 of the largest international NGOs working in over 180 countries. NetHope’s partners include several US based high tech companies such as Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google and international industry associations such as the Global VSAT Forum (GVF). Other supporting organizations include the Rockerfeller Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the W.G. Kellogg Foundation. NetHope’s core mission is to serve as a catalyst for ensuring its members have access to the best information and communication technology and practices when serving people in the developing world. Their focus is on five strategic initiatives:Connectivity, Field Capacity Building, Emergency Response, Shared Services, and Innovation.

Through the GBI Alliance, USAID will be working closely within the NetHope ecosystem to target high priority areas needing special attention, develop requirements for common ICT solution sets, and ultimately develop and make available across the NGO community, shared solutions that can be implemented by the NGOs as core components of their projects. The goals of this collaboration are to reduce implementation time, lower the implementation and operational costs, enhance the quality of support through shared solutions, and help ensure richer and more scalable, replicable, and sustainable use of ICT solutions.

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Last updated: July 12, 2012

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