Please join USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) and the Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships Hub (DDI/LFT) for a learning event on Tuesday, January 25, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. In this event, representatives from USAID Missions and implementing partners will share lessons learned from working with new and local partners, and how these experiences will inform future localization efforts and acquisition and assistance approaches at USAID.
Additional Background on the Event
In January 2021, USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) launched a stocktaking review of the 2018 Acquisition & Assistance Strategy (A&A Strategy). The purpose of this stocktaking review was to assess:
- How Agency staff have understood and applied the A&A Strategy to their work;
- Key enablers and constraints to implementation of the A&A Strategy; and
- Shifts needed to align USAID’s A&A approaches with current and emerging Agency priorities.
As part of this stocktaking exercise, M/OAA and the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) conducted a review, analysis, and synthesis of selected case studies on how the Agency has implemented the A&A Strategy with regard to two of its five guiding principles: (1) diversifying the partner base to include new, underutilized, locally established, and local partners; and (2) changing how we partner to promote equitable and innovative partnerships that foster sustainability.
In addition to compiling evidence on the select cases that were already available online, M/OAA and NPI conducted over 15 key informant interviews with USAID Mission staff and implementing partners to understand best practices and lessons learned from the case studies. To ensure a diversity of experiences and perspectives on working with local partners, selected informants differed across roles, were based in various regions, and used a range of funding mechanisms in their activities. Through these interviews and the accompanying case study analysis, USAID was able to better understand the degree to which improved equity, sustainability, or innovation can be attributed to efforts made to implement the A&A Strategy guiding principles.
The sharing event will bring together interviewees who informed the case study analysis to discuss lessons learned from their experiences, and how USAID can use these findings to partner more effectively with new and local partners.