USAID Strategic Directions in the Middle East

  1. Strengthening peace and stability in the region
  2. Support inclusive and responsive political systems
  3. Promote strategic and effective foreign assistance funding
  4. Call for institutional accountability by hold recipients and USAID more accountable to results

USAID Funding Priorities 2019

  1. Promote Host country-led and country-owned process:
    Help countries and citizens become more self-sufficient and take more responsibility for, and ownership of, their own development
  2. Support development and poverty reduction in the Middle East and North Africa
  3. Empower civil society, particularly women & youth
  4. Invest in capacity building

USAID Contracting Mechanisms

Through the Contracts Routes USAID procure the services, supplies and goods usually from private sector entities (Acquisition). USAID also utilizes a pre-defined agreements with short-listed firms and consortiums to acquire services and / or goods for instance through the issuance of Task Orders under Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Frameworks. IDIQ is similar to short-listing firms and organizations with pre-defined costs and rates. Task orders gives USAID mission flexibility to use such procurement mechanism in one hand while supports faster procurement activities.

USAID issues Request For Applications (RFAs) either as a standalone project in a specific country for a specific developmental objective or Through issuing an Annual Program Statement. APS solicit and support creative approaches by the non-governmental community to carry out activities that facilitate innovation, reach under-served areas, bridge service gaps, or accomplish some other stated objectives.  USAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statements (APS) helps the private sector and USAID work together to advance core business interests and achieve sustainable development impact. The GDA APS is an invitation to prospective partners to work side-by-side with USAID and other interested organizations to build transformational partnerships that foster and leverage market-based approaches to solve critical business and development challenges. APS are managed through a 2-stage procurement process 1) Concept Note Submission and 2) Full Proposal Stage

USAID Contracting and Procurement Process

Country Strategies contain much information and statistics on development opportunities and challenges. You may find it helpful to incorporate some of this information into your own proposals or applications for funding.  Each country strategy also contains development objectives. Funding for programs will be tied to one of these development objectives. You need to seek objectives and programs that are in line with your organizational mission, activities and experience

Business Forecast Reports, which you can find on this link http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/get-grant-or-contract/business-forecast, are updated quarterly and do serve the following objectives:

  • Actively inform stakeholders of Agency competitive opportunities – and partners may use this information to help plan appropriate staff time for preparing a proposal or application for funding.
  • Another purpose of the business forecast reports is to attract new development partners, including small, minority, and disadvantaged business partners, and
  • Showcase ongoing efforts in order to better inform the development community of the Agency's mission.

Finally, the last is to search for funding opportunities by USAID. DARPE tracks these upcoming and active funding opportunities and send them via e-mail notifications to its subscribing members

To be eligible to apply for U.S. Grants entities need to register for three things:

  • A DUNS Number (Data Universal Number),
  • CAGE or NCAGE Codes, and
  • The System for Award Management (SAM).

You need to be registered to access the applicant system to apply for any grants. This is a one-time process that does not require renewal. Note: The registration process for an Organization or an Individual can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks. So our advice is to please register early! For Contracts: The first step is obtaining a DUNS #. Secondly, you'll need to include company and personal information, which you'll then review and submit.

USAID Tenders and Grants of the Middle East Overview

Over the 1st quarter of Fiscal Years 2019, USAID has published 47 Request for Proposals (Tenders) and 13 Request for Applications (Grants) for projects to be designed and delivered throughout the Middle East and North Africa Countries worth of 1.1 Billion US$ and 197.5 M US$ respectively. USAID Market Share within the MENA Development Aid Market for 2019 is estimated to be 4.5% (47 tenders out of 1,110) and 10% ( 13 out of 144) for Tenders and Grant opportunities respectively in terms of number. However, USAID projects in the Middle East for 2019 funding value will reach an estimated 1.3 Billion US$ out of 16.8 Billion US$ estimated funding globally.

MENA Based Partners who have Worked with USAID before

  1. Lebanese Association for Rural Development (L.R.D), Lebanon
  2. Keys to Effective Learning; Egypt
  3. Takween; Egypt
  4. Center for Development Services (CDS); Egypt
  5. Innovety; Egypt
  6. Lapis Communications; Jordan
  7. VNG International; Netherlands
  8. Dcode Economic and Financial Consulting, Egypt

International Organizations and Consulting Business who have worked with USAID before 

  1. Democracy Reporting International
  2. Development Alternatives, DAI
  3. Global Communities
  4. Chemonics International
  5. Palladium
  6. AECOM
  7. FHI 360
  8. IREX

Disclaimer

This report was made possible through the research and analysis, by Beit Al Karma Consulting specialists, of public information and knowledge of development assistance providers and actors in the Middle East. The opinion(s) expressed herein are those of Beit Al Karma Consulting and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the listed organizations, institutions, companies and foundations. The information displayed doesn’t imply that listed organizations have reviewed or approved such content. This report intended to build the capacity of development implementing partners, profit and nonprofit, to forge informed partnerships, develop and design development projects all aiming at improving project’s delivery and development aid effectiveness. Copyright© 2019 DARPE All Rights Reserved. 

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