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Ask an Expert: Q&A with Kimberly Ball on How USAID Engages with U.S. Small Businesses
Happy Small Business Week! We are excited to share some tips for U.S. small businesses that are interested in partnering with USAID. This Q&A was derived from the Twitter Spaces event  on April 26, 2022, with Kimberly Ball, Director of USAID’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
May 5, 2022
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Take Action with This Training Series
USAID is committed to expanding its work with new partners—partners whose fresh ideas, perspectives, and expertise can unlock solutions to intractable development challenges. To help prospective partners understand how to work with USAID, the Agency has developed a wealth of tools, resources, and training. A recently completed series of 13 training modules—the “How to Work with USAID” training series at—aims to be an easy-to-digest resource for new partners.
Apr 14, 2022
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Got a Question? We Have an Answer!
Expanding your knowledge often comes down to asking the right questions. Fortunately, the website already has taken care of this for you in our extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
Mar 30, 2022
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Look Down: Opportunities for Cooperation and Innovation in Groundwater
It’s under your feet nearly all the time, but you can’t see it: groundwater. Groundwater is water found in pockets in the earth, seeping through the layers of rock, sand, and soil, and flowing in massive underground aquifers, of which there are over 460 worldwide. Like rivers that span many countries’ borders, transboundary groundwater resources require good management and cooperation among regions, countries, and users—and, increasingly, out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.
Mar 22, 2022
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Ask a USAID Expert: Q&A with Ricardo Willis on the DUNS-UEI (SAM) Transition
Ricardo Willis is the Systems Support Branch Chief in USAID’s Management Bureau, Office of Acquisition and Assistance.
Mar 21, 2022
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Seven Ways to Introduce Yourself to USAID
With offices in more than 80 countries—and programs in more than 100—USAID sometimes can seem intimidating to new, small, and local partners. Knowing where to start to partner with such a large agency can be a challenge. If you are trying to get your foot in the door, it is important to find ways to make yourself known to USAID.
Mar 16, 2022
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The Value of Empathetic Leadership
Development work can be emotionally and psychologically challenging, and, as a result, staff can struggle with mental health challenges stemming from their work. Staff of small and local organizations with nonexistent or limited formal resources for addressing this problem are particularly at risk. Leaders can create a culture that supports staff and helps them thrive through a technique known as empathetic leadership.
Feb 24, 2022
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Training the Trainers: How a Flexible USAID Award Enabled a Local Iraqi Organization to Rebuild Capacity
If there’s one word to describe the Beth Nahrain Organization for Women (BNOW), it is “resilient.” BNOW, a local nongovernmental organization formed in 2002 that works to empower women in Iraqi society, has endured decades of conflict and upheaval. In 2014, it faced an even heavier blow—the organization was displaced from its locations in Qaraqosh, Bartella, and Mosul due to the invasion by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which threatened religious and ethnic minorities like the BNOW team and the populations they served. BNOW was fractured, and members were in survival mode—not at all in a position to address long-term organizational capacity needs.
Feb 17, 2022
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Progress Reports: More Than a Compliance Exercise
Progress reports enable you to demonstrate the results of your organization’s activity to USAID and other key stakeholders. If you follow the steps outlined below, they can also help you improve future programming and provide valuable lessons learned for other development organizations.
Feb 10, 2022
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Three Things to Know about USAID Branding and Marking
When you think of USAID’s brand, you might just think of its logo. But USAID’s brand is more than just its official seal, its name, and its tagline “From the American People.” USAID’s brand represents what the Agency stands for: the goodwill of the American people and their commitment to partnership.
Feb 3, 2022