New Partnerships Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

Why diversify the Partner-Base? 

What is the New Partnerships Initiative?

What impact will NPI have on USAID?

How does NPI work? 

What is an Annual Program Statement (APS)? 

What is an Addendum or Round?

What is the NPI process? 

Where are NPI funding opportunities posted? 

What funding opportunities are currently available?

Where can I learn more about NPI? 

How can I stay up to date with what is happening with NPI? 

Who can I contact at USAID for NPI? 

Can I send USAID my capabilities statement? 

How does USAID define organizations within NPI? 


Why diversify the Partner-Base? 

  • Since USAID’s creation in 1961, the amount of funding and the number of organizations that provide foreign assistance has grown exponentially.
  • Yet, in FY 2017, 80 percent of USAID funding went to just 75 organizations.
  • In addition, the number of new partners has decreased consistently since 2011.
  • Diversifying the USAID partner base to reflect today’s expanded development landscape is an important driver of the Journey to Self-Reliance because choice and competition are key to innovation and resource mobilization in development work; just as in the private sector economy. 

What is the New Partnerships Initiative?

  • NPI is an initiative supporting the Agency’s goals of diversifying the partner base and changing how we partner to support self-reliance -- which is highlighted in the first-ever USAID Acquisition and Assistance Strategy issued in December 2018. 
  • NPI utilizes a series of global Annual Program Statements with addendums (or rounds) requesting concept papers from new and underutilized partners. (Note: other types of solicitations may be used in the future.)
  • NPI helps to reduce barriers to entry for organizations that are not familiar with USAID by providing a streamlined process that allows partner organizations to collaborate and co-create with USAID. 

What impact will NPI have on USAID? 

  • NPI is increasing USAID’s programmatic impact by: 
    • Leveraging private development assistance to respond to Agency priorities and strengthen long-term partners for the Journey to Self-Reliance;
    • Engaging with new and underutilized development partners to maximize the impact of American tax dollars;
    • Supporting solutions that advance the U.S. Government’s National Security Strategy;
    • Identifying development solutions that are country and partner driven for maximum long-term impact; and
    • Creating opportunities to expand and diversify USAID’s partner base.

How does NPI work? 

  • NPI focuses on four key approaches to partnering. 
    • Direct awards to new and underutilized organizations (local entities)
    • Direct awards to new and underutilized organizations (locally established partners)
    • Sub-awards to new and underutilized organizations through experienced prime partners providing capacity building, technical oversight, and compliance support
    • Direct awards to partners to leverage private/non-U.S. Government funding and scale outcomes

What is an Annual Program Statement (APS)? 

  • An Annual Program Statements or APS is a tool that USAID uses to support creative and innovative solutions to challenging problems in developing countries.
  • An APS outlines objectives that USAID is trying to achieve and, either directly or through an Addendum (or Round), invites concept papers or applications in response. 
  • When used, USAID will publish an APS at least once a year, either with an open-ended response time or a closing dates identified in the solicitation. 

What is an Addendum or Round?

  • In the case of NPI, addendum and rounds are used synonymously. Both terms refer to the actual funding opportunity under an NPI APS, issued by USAID operating units to identify more specific countries, objectives, or targets under the broader APS.

What is the NPI process? 

  • NPI simplifies the process of partnering with new or underutilized organizations or the “mentoring partners” that work with them as sub-awardees. 
  • Global Annual Program Statements (APS) are posted on Grants.gov and Mission or other Operating Unit-based addenda developed with specific opportunities to partner.  
  • Applications are submitted in stages, starting with a five-page concept note, to reduce barriers to application and promote co-design between USAID and the partner; and
  • Flexible use of a variety of types of assistance instruments accounting for local context and optimal, customized modes of partnership. 

Where are NPI funding opportunities posted? 

  • New funding opportunities are regularly becoming available. 
  • You can find the latest funding opportunities on USAID’s website at USAID.gov/NPI or on Grants.gov. 

What funding opportunities are currently available?

  • There are currently two Annual Program Statements on grants.gov -- Global Health and Conflict Prevention and Recovery Program (CPRP). 
  • For the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Program (CPRP), there have been four addenda issued thus far requesting concept papers:
    • Iraq: The overarching goal of the Iraq Addendum to the NPI APS is to empower local organizations to solve problems not adequately addressed by other USAID investments, enabling them to respond directly to their needs as conflict-affected communities, particularly those targeted for genocide by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and specifically communities in the Ninewa Plain, Sinjar, and communities displaced from those areas.
    • Bangladesh: USAID/Bangladesh is seeking to mitigate conflict and/or reduce the drivers of conflict emerging from the influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar district. 
    • Indonesia: USAID/Indonesia is seeking to promote interfaith and interethnic tolerance and pluralism in order to mitigate triggers of religious and ethnic conflict.
    • Global Partnerships to Advance Conflict Transformation: USAID's Global Development Lab seeks partners with which it can collaboratively identify new approaches to accelerate change that can prevent or reduce the likelihood of conflict.
  • The Global Health APS, was issued with two Rounds, and seeks to build new modes of partnerships to achieve maternal child health and other outcomes with an expanded base of capable new and local partners, the cultivation of mentor partners, innovation in program design, and effective management. 
  • The CPRP addenda and GH rounds have all closed and we expect awards to be issued soon.
  •  USAID expects new opportunities to be issued soon under the CPRP and GH APSs, and other solicitations by USAID technical bureaus such as the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment.  

Where can I learn more about NPI? 

How can I stay up to date with what is happening with NPI? 

  • USAID is regularly updating USAID.gov/NPI with information on the latest funding opportunities.
  • Grants.gov will have the most up to date information for each individual APS and addendum. 
  • We also encourage you to sign-up for the NPI email distribution list to receive updates on the initiative. 

Who can I contact at USAID for NPI? 

  • You can email NPI@usaid.gov with general questions on NPI. 
  • For individual funding opportunities, please contact the point of contact listed on Grants.gov. 

Can I send USAID my capabilities statement? 

  • You are welcome to send your capability statement to USAID. However, as a part of NPI, we are specifically looking for concept papers to the APS addenda (or rounds) that have been issued. 

How does USAID define organizations within NPI? 

  • New Partner: An individual or organization that has not received any funding from USAID as a prime partner over the last five years. 
  • Underutilized Partner: An individual or organization that has received less than $25 million over the past five years from USAID, and delivered more total funding in private development assistance than it has received from USAID in financial awards over the past five years.
  • Local Entity: An individual or organization that: (1) Is legally organized under the laws of a country that is receiving assistance from USAID; (2) Has its principal place of business or operations in a country that is receiving assistance from USAID; (3) Is majority-owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of a country that is receiving assistance from USAID; and, (4) is managed by a governing body, the majority of whom are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the country that is receiving assistance from USAID. 
  • Locally Established Partner: A U.S. or international organization that works through locally-led operations and programming models. LEPs: 
    • Have maintained continuous operations in-country for at least five years and materially demonstrate a long-term presence in a country through adherence or alignment to the following:
      • Local staff should comprise at least 50% of office personnel,
      • Maintenance of a dedicated local office,
      • Registration with the appropriate local authorities,
      • A local bank account, and
      • A portfolio of locally-implemented programs.
    • Have demonstrated links to the local community, including:
      • If the organization has a governing body or board of directors, then it must include a majority of local citizens;
      • A letter of support from a local organization to attest to its work; and
      • Other criteria that an organization proposes to demonstrate its local roots.

Last updated: September 04, 2019

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