Results for Insights
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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.
Nov 23, 2021
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Partnering with the Private Sector for Greater Development Impact, Scale, and Sustainability

Today, the world faces an enormous annual gap of $2.5 trillion to finance global development goals and this gap cannot be made up by foreign assistance alone. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of global financial flows to emerging economies come from private, not public, investment. To achieve a greater development impact, it will be essential to engage and collaborate with the private sector to drive sustainable growth, create jobs, and advance opportunities that improve lives and build resilience worldwide. 
Nov 10, 2021
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Three Keys When Responding to USAID Solicitations

A primary goal of USAID's New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) is to capitalize on good ideas, and the NPI team is working to make it easier for partners to present them to the Agency and apply for funding. In order to streamline the process, under NPI awards, applicants submit a three- to five-page “concept note” detailing the scope of the proposed concept and responding to questions in the solicitation. USAID uses these responses and the evaluation criteria outlined in solicitations in the selection process.
Oct 28, 2021
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Moving Past the Fear of Failure

A friend of Thomas Edison was visiting the famous inventor, who had been working for months on inventing an alkaline storage battery. At that point, Edison had tried more than 9,000 experiments, all unsuccessful. When the friend expressed sympathy at the lack of results, Edison smiled and said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!"
Oct 26, 2021
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How to Engage with USAID

Want to learn more about working with USAID? Read this Q&A with Matt Johnson, USAID Industry Liaison and Communications Director for the Office of Acquisition and Assistance. He provides insights and practical advice for partners and access to important links for more information.
Oct 21, 2021
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Connecting with Local Partners: How Things Have Changed

Two fundamental goals of USAID’s partnerships efforts are working with more diverse partners and connecting with those partners in new ways that help guide them toward successful, sustainable efforts to improve their communities.
Oct 19, 2021
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The Infinite Value of Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Building

A Q&A with Lovesun Parent, the director of external partnerships at USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative Incubator.
Oct 7, 2021