U.S. Agency for International Development
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s mission statement highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential.
USAID funding opportunities
USAID offers opportunities for award solicitations and Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). USAID issues solicitations asking organizations to respond. USAID selects the organization whose response best meets the evaluation criteria outlined in the solicitation. While BAAs are a procurement tool used by USAID to collaborate with the private and public sector when facing a development challenge that does not have a clear solution and there appears to be an opportunity for innovation.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- The Youth in Development Policy is predicated on emerging best and promising practices for youth development and engagement that are gleaned from USAID and partner’s experience in youth programming, as well as through consultations with young people across the developing world. This policy puts forward an overarching goal for youth development along with related objectives and outcomes to be achieved. It outlines a conceptual approach to youth in development and provides guiding principles and operational practices in support of USAID’s efforts to mainstream youth in development, carry out more effective programs, and elevate youth participation. The full policy can be read here.
- Divac Youth Fund is a two-year project empowering youth to advocate for local resource mobilization and youth participation in local policy development. The project is based on a partnership model whereby local businesses, individuals, and municipalities work together to identify community problems, develop solutions, and fund community activities.
- The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) Initiative is an ambitious $385 million partnership to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women in HIV priority areas within Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The DREAMS Innovation Challenge seeks solutions to strengthening capacity for service delivery, keeping girls in secondary school, linking men to services, supporting pre-exposure prophylaxis, providing a bridge to employment, applying data to increase impact and offering sustainable solutions that may be scaled or replicated, and deploying solutions rapidly.
- YouthPower is a USAID project that strengthens local, national, and global systems to achieve sustainable, positive youth outcomes in health, education, and political and economic empowerment. YouthPower supports cross-sectoral, positive youth development investments, which empower youth to reach their full potential. The project consists of two complementary contracts: YouthPower: Implementation and YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation.