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Aug 3, 2022

“Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.” This proverb from the Democratic Republic of the Congo sums up why we created the WorkwithUSAID.org News & Insights blog, and why we have launched the guest blog feature to share the viewpoints and perspectives of potential, new, and established USAID partners alike. 

We know that many of you have firsthand experiences and advice related to working with USAID that can be instructive to other partners. Perhaps your organization has a lessons-learned experience to share about responding to a USAID solicitation? Or you found a new approach that saved you time? Perhaps you researched other organizations using the Partner Directory and found an outstanding sub-partner? Or you took the Pre-Engagement Assessment and made targeted changes within your organization? By contributing a guest blog to WorkwithUSAID.org, you can support others in their partnership journeys, strengthening the partner ecosystem overall. 

“Knowledge sharing benefits international development work, and we are excited to open this channel to storytellers from the broader USAID partner community. The WorkwithUSAID.org News & Insights blog provides a channel for stories on innovation, insights on success, and best practice models,” said Partnerships Incubator Project Director Donna Vincent Roa. 

Submitting a pitch for a guest blog is easy:

  1. Read our Guest Blog Submission Policy to understand more about what our editorial team is looking for. We will evaluate pitches based on the criteria described in the submission policy. Your organization does not need to be a current or prior recipient of USAID funding in order to pitch a blog for consideration. 
  2. Send your pitch for a guest blog to askzara@workwithusaid.org and include “Guest Blog” in the subject line. You can save time by sending your pitch to us before you begin writing. Our editors can provide guidance to inform you of what is likely to be selected for publication.
  3. Make a case for your blog in your pitch. Tell us what insights you have to share and how your blog will benefit others. Let your writing shine! 

“Our partners have important wisdom to share based on their direct experiences, whether it’s related to responding to Agency funding opportunities, complying with federal policies and procedures, finding USAID prime and sub-partners, and more,” said Deputy USAID Industry Liaison Rachel Chilton. “We hope the blog will be a place for constructive solutions to common challenges faced by our partners.”

We are in this together, and we want all partners to learn and grow. This spirit of support for knowledge-sharing has guided the direction of the WorkwithUSAID.org platform since it was developed, and now you can join us in sharing what you know with others.

We want to hear from you!