U. S. Agency for International Development Acquisition and Assistance Strategy

U. S. Agency for International Development Acquisition and Assistance Strategy December 2018

A little more than a year ago, we embarked on an ambitious Transformation to shape the USAID of tomorrow and work towards ending the need for foreign assistance.  A key element in achieving this vision has been our focus on advancing self-reliance in our partner countries.  Through Transformation, we are becoming more innovative in our approach to achieving development objectives, while being more transparent in our decisions and better stewards of U.S. taxpayer investments. 

Critical to the success of our Transformation and advancing countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance is rethinking how we engage with both our existing and potential partners, and finding new ways to embrace entrepreneurship and creativity throughout the Program Cycle — from design, through procurement and implementation, to evaluation. 

After extensive consultations with partners and feedback from USAID staff, I am pleased to share with you USAID’s first-ever Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Strategy.  A significant milestone in USAID’s Transformation, this strategy outlines the key changes we will make to better enable and equip our A&A workforce and systems to advance self-reliance.

By streamlining approaches to design and procurement, and utilizing new and innovative methods of collaboration, the A&A Strategy is a shift away from traditional approaches that can unduly constrain our staff and partners.  These reforms will foster more flexibility, adaptability, and creativity as we work with our partners to design and deliver impactful initiatives worldwide. 

The A&A Strategy also outlines how we will embrace USAID’s new approach to self-reliance in our approaches to partnering.  Diversifying our partner base and integrating locally-led development into how we deliver development assistance help our partner countries become self-reliant, and will get us closer to the day when such assistance is no longer needed. 

As we continue to shape the USAID of tomorrow, I am confident that the guiding principles of the A&A Strategy will encourage innovation among our partners and create a more adaptive and resilient USAID. 

This is an exciting time in USAID’s Transformation.  Thank you to all who have been a part of the process so far and to those who will be engaging further.  I look forward to seeing the impact this strategy will have on each of our partner countries’ development journey.

Administrator Mark Green


Last updated: February 04, 2019

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