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USAID is interested in collaborating with the private sector to increase our development impact. Each year, we issue a Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS) [PDF] inviting organizations to submit proposals for public-private partnerships.
The most sustainable and successful GDAs are grounded at the intersection between a business’s core interests and one or more of USAID’s development objectives. Quality alliances increase the reach, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainable impact of USAID’s development assistance, while also offering the private sector a significant value proposition. GDAs should be designed to achieve clear, measurable, and mutually understood objectives, outcomes and results in a cost-effective manner.
Who Can Partner with USAID?
Global Development Alliances must involve one or more private sector organizations or actors. For purposes of the GDA program, private sector organizations and actors include:
- Private businesses, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors;
- Foundations and philanthropists; and
- Other for- and not-for-profit non-governmental entities.
In addition, USAID welcomes and encourages the participation of a wide range of other organizations, including but not limited to, public international and regional organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, host country governments, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, pension funds, civic groups, Diaspora communities, and other U.S. government agencies.
What USAID Expects from Partners?
Potential alliance partners are expected to bring significant new resources, ideas, technologies, and/or partners to development activities. Successful proposals will mobilize private sector contributions, both cash and in-kind resources, on at least a one-to-one basis.
How to Submit a Proposal under the APS
There are three main steps to the application process:
- Consult with Mission or Bureau/Technical Office Point of Contact regarding alliance idea;
- Submit Concept Paper (see submission guidelines in the 2014 GDA APS) to Mission or Bureau/Technical Office for review and approval with an email copy to email@example.com; and
- If requested by the Mission or Bureau/Technical Office, submit a Full Application.
For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] on the GDA APS application process.
In addition, USAID Missions, Bureaus and Technical Offices can issue addenda under the APS. Addenda highlight specific development objectives and alliance programs the Mission, Bureau or Technical Office would like to support under the GDA APS. Alliances proposed in response to addenda must still comply with the terms and criteria outlined in the GDA APS [PDF].
- Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 in Central and South America Addendum [PDF] - Closes December 15, 2014
- Power Africa Initiative Addendum [PDF] - Closes November 18, 2015
- Middle East Water Security Initiative [PDF] - Closes December 1, 2014
Additional Information for the Private Sector
- Private Sector Partnership Invitation [PDF] - update coming soon
For more information on the GDA APS, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: September 29, 2014