In order to lay the foundation for this vision, over the course of the next five years, USAID will promote East African leadership for regional resilience, prosperity and stability. In order to effectively promote East African leadership, USAID/KEA will diversify our partnerships to improve their utility in reaching desired development outcomes.The regional platform has historically partnered with three Regional Economic Communities (RECs): East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Under the new strategy, the Mission has defined a diverse set of partners at national, subnational, and international levels, partners within public and private sectors (including research organizations and academia), and with community organizations and civil society.Through these expanded and diversified partnerships, USAID/KEA will work with East African leaders who play a critical role in their region’s development, who are open to collaboration and co-created solutions, and who will own and implement solutions which further sustainability and self-reliance in the region.