Private Sector Engagement

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Private enterprise is the single most powerful force for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating self-reliance.
— USAID Administrator Mark Green


Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is a strategic approach to international development through which USAID consults, strategizes, aligns, collaborates, and implements with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development or humanitarian outcomes.


USAID is undertaking a major cultural and operational transformation to expand Private Sector Engagement Agency-wide. Through its new PSE Policy, USAID has issued an Agency-wide call to action and mandate to work hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver our development and humanitarian programs in all sectors. This policy signals an intentional shift towards enterprise-driven development as a more sustainable way to empower people, communities and countries on their journey to self-reliance.

To be launched by USAID Administrator Mark Green on December 12, 2018, at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., the PSE policy begins the process of institutionalizing private sector engagement as a core tenet of USAID’s operating model.

Last updated: October 15, 2019

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