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As USAID further expands collaboration with diverse and nontraditional actors through the New Partnerships Initiative, we are inspired by the stories of partnering, innovation, and success being reported from the field. These stories demonstrate USAID’s commitment to inclusion, local leadership, and sustainable development.

Last updated: January 25, 2022

November 3, 2021

Prizes and Challenges Open Agency’s Doors for New and Local Partners
What would development look like if solutions to persistent and complex problems were sourced and delivered from the ground up? To see the potential of this approach, just look to USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, where the Exploratory Programs and Innovation Competitions (EPIC) team casts a wide net to incentivize, find, nurture, and fund development innovations through Agency competitions, tapping into out-of-the-box solutions from a host of new, nontraditional, and local partners.

November 3, 2021

USAID/South Sudan Awards First-of-Its-Kind Contract to Local Partner
Award Overcomes Challenges to Provide On-the-Ground Insights

November 3, 2021

Incubator Support Kick-Starts NPI Project to Preserve Historic Moroccan Jewish Neighborhoods
The narrow streets and sky blue doors and windows of Morocco’s crumbling mellahs, or Jewish quarters, contain a treasure trove of history. But when this history was at risk of being lost, two new USAID partners—Rabat-based Association Mimouna and New York-based American Sephardi Federation (ASF)—co-created a project, supported under USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative (NPI), to train residents of the mellahs to share the history of their neighborhoods as tour guides and through the sale of Judaica-focused handicrafts and traditional food, giving residents an economic lifeline while preserving an important dimension of Morocco’s diverse past.

July 12, 2021

NPI Press Project Involves Local Partners to Support Democracy in Indonesia
Intimidation. Violence. Hacking. These are among the threats Indonesian journalists face just to do their jobs. Although Indonesia has made impressive gains in political freedom in the last two decades, an apparent backsliding of democracy in recent years threatens that progress. USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) responded by creating Media Empowerment for Democratic Integrity and Accountability (MEDIA), a project to strengthen Indonesia’s free press including through partnerships with seven local organizations.

June 10, 2021

Adaptability Is Key to Success for Project Supporting Central American Women
USAID Project Adapts to Local Context and Hurricanes while Advancing Social and Economic Goals

The Rainforest Alliance, funded by USAID as part of the New Partnerships Initiative, leverages local partnerships to help women in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico develop leadership skills and access economic opportunities. Learn how the project tapped into local partners’ expertise to find success in new ways despite recent challenges.