Donor Institutions

Bilateral and multilateral donor institutions like USAID possess decades of development knowledge and expertise, and provide billions of dollars in aid to support development in countries around the world. Donor institutions help build the enabling environment for effective, sustainable and inclusive development.

The United States is not alone in solving the world’s development problems. We work with other donors in every region in which we operate. When we provide assistance to a developing country or respond to a humanitarian crisis or natural disaster, we do so in concert with other bilateral donors, countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia, and the multilateral donors that bilateral donors jointly fund. This includes donor institutions like the United Kingdom Department for International Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank Group. By coordinating and partnering with other donors, USAID can improve aid delivery and maximize development results.

USAID also partners with private foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, who have become increasingly critical partners to USAID and other government donor agencies on tackling the full range of development issues we work on.

While the United States is the largest bilateral donor in the world in terms of total resources, we are not always the largest donor in a given developing country. Often times another donor has more resources in country, a stronger relationship with host-country institutions, or another comparative advantage in the country or region. By partnering with other donors, USAID can leverage their resources, expertise and comparative advantages thereby magnifying the impact of our development cooperation.

Collaboration between USAID and other bilateral and multilateral donors can take a variety of forms:

  • Encouraging host-country ownership through coordinated diplomatic and political outreach;
  • Expanding existing programs to new areas or beneficiaries;
  • Implementing new programs through pooled funding arrangements; and
  • Building partnership platforms focused on significant development challenges.

Examples at the global level:

  • Through the Group of Eight (G8) we established the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a global partnership of donors, developing countries and the private sector that aims to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years.
  • Through a Child Survival Call to Action, we partnered with India, Ethiopia and UNICEF to mobilize the development community and focus efforts to end preventable child deaths within a generation.
  • With the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the Australian Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we established theAlliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health that aims to bolster health outcomes in countries striving to improve the lives and health of its women, girls and newborns.

Examples at the country level:

  • In Uganda we have partnered with Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and other donors to create a trust fund for the Agribusiness Initiative, a comprehensive program designed to support the country’s agricultural and agro‐processing sector, the primary driver for growth and employment in Uganda.
  • In the Philippines we have partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to create the Philippine Water Revolving Fund, an innovative and sustainable financing mechanism for water supply and sanitation projects that has helped provide over 2 million people with new or improved access to piped water.

Last updated: July 20, 2016

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