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Strengthening USAID’s ability to partner with non-traditional and diverse actors.

Partnerships are at the core of USAID’s work. That’s why USAID is finding ways to strengthen, expand, and diversify its partner base. USAID is strengthening its ability to partner with nontraditional and diverse actors, including local, faith-based, and community organizations; schools and hospitals; minority-serving institutions; foundations; diaspora communities; cooperatives; and volunteer organizations. Through the following programs, initiatives, and opportunities, USAID is harnessing the power of partnerships to advance sustainable, inclusive development and public diplomacy.

USAID is strengthening and expanding partnership opportunities in a number of ways:

  • Building Bridges: USAID conducts outreach to non-traditional and diverse partners, provides guidance and connections to work with USAID, and also seeks to identify and lower barriers to entry.
  • Strengthening Capacity: USAID looks to provide staff within USAID with the tools and resources  to engage with non-traditional and diverse partners, while also supporting capacity building efforts with non-traditional and diverse partners.
  • Advancing Policy:  USAID gathers and analyzes data on the role and impact of engaging with non-traditional and diverse partners, and speaks to the unique contributions of these partners within USAID and in the broader international community. 

Faith-based Partnerships

Faith-based organizations serve some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. They are often the first in and the last to leave, and uniquely qualified to identify and meet local needs. USAID is looking to enhance collaboration with faith-based and community organizations.

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Locally Led Partnerships

When local partners own the agenda-setting and decision-making, development outcomes are often more successful and sustainable. USAID is strengthening its ability to collaborate directly with new and underutilized local stakeholders, and to partner in ways that enable local stakeholders to drive the development process. Learn more about these partnerships and opportunities:


Partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), play an essential role in supporting and connecting with indigenous and underrepresented communities in the U.S. USAID looks to harness the unique perspective  and capabilities of MSI for international development and humanitarian assistance.

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Partnerships with American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

Access to quality education and health services are essential to a successful, thriving society. Through partnerships between U.S. organizations and overseas institutions, USAID has aided in the development of more than 300 innovative and state-of-the-art schools, libraries, and medical centers. Through this work, USAID is cultivating civil society, supporting American ideas and practices, and advancing public diplomacy in countries around the world. USAID also provides federal surplus property to hospitals, clinics, group homes, infant feeding centers, colleges, vocational facilities, and schools in countries around the world. Learn more about these partnerships and opportunities:

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Last updated: July 12, 2021

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