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Mar 30, 2022

Expanding your knowledge often comes down to asking the right questions. Fortunately, the WorkwithUSAID.org website already has taken care of this for you in our extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section

This portion of the site holds a treasure trove of information with detailed answers to many questions that new, potential, and even established partners ask about the USAID partnership process and working with USAID. Categories include USAID acquisition and assistance, budget and finance, COVID-19, compliance, human resources, programming, submissions and proposals, USAID fundamentals, and website features.

“We know that partnering with a large entity like USAID can seem intimidating, but we want to make it as simple as possible,” said Rachel Chilton, Deputy Industry Liaison. “The FAQ on the WorkwithUSAID.org website explains key terms and processes so that all organizations can come into the partnership process with knowledge that will equip them to work with the Agency.”

To create the FAQ set of almost 1,000 questions, the Partnerships Incubator team conducted a thorough review of partner questions submitted to USAID during the release of funding opportunities on Grants.gov. Analyzing relevant themes and trends within archived collections of partner questions submitted during the request for proposals (RFP), request for information (RFI), and request for applications (RFA) processes illuminated common barriers where potential USAID partners have faced the greatest challenges to successfully earning USAID funding. Although many questions that partners submit during these processes are specific to a particular funding opportunity, the review helped the team identify common gaps in knowledge when working with the Agency, develop broadly applicable questions that partners often raised, and incorporate these into the FAQ set.

The team also conducted an exhaustive review of FAQ sets, e-modules, and content pages from USAID.gov and other relevant U.S. Government websites, and they supplemented this by engaging USAID experts to make WorkwithUSAID.org’s FAQ set as comprehensive as possible. 

The result is a searchable list of questions that have been answered—before you even asked. Examples of questions in the FAQ include:

Readiness to work with USAID means having the knowledge and ability to meet fiduciary, programmatic, and technical requirements to comply with USAID protocols. Exploring the FAQ section can help prepare your organization in each of these areas and improve your experience and readiness for partnering with USAID. 

“I encourage the staff of every organization interested in working with USAID to familiarize themselves with the FAQ section of the WorkwithUSAID.org website,” said Partnerships Incubator Project Director Donna Vincent Roa. “It is a rich resource and catalog that can provide insights on Agency requirements, the partnerships process, and how to improve organizational readiness to work with USAID.” 

Remember, if you have a question, it is likely that others have asked this question too, so search the FAQ. If your question does not appear in the FAQ, email askzara@workwithusaid.org to add your question or topic.

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