USAID’s Open Call to Diaspora Orgs
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) wants to increase its development impact by partnering with the private sector. Diaspora organizations have an opportunity to be part of this future. These organizations have a chance to build working relationships with USAID by submitting a proposal under the guidelines set forth in the Global Development Alliance Annual Program Statement (GDA APS)’s Diaspora Engagement Addendum. The complete GDA APS can be viewed here.
Within USAID, the Office of Development Alliances, Global Partnerships Division (IDEA/GP) seeks to develop effective programming in partnership with diaspora communities through its GDA model. IDEA/GP hopes that the resulting alliances will cut across numerous sectors and regions with the aim of promoting diaspora engagement consistent with USAID’s Diaspora Networks Alliance (DNA) framework. The DNA framework focuses on creative mechanisms through which diaspora communities can contribute to growth in their countries of origin or heritage in these six strategic engagement mechanisms:
- Diaspora philanthropy
- Diaspora volunteer corps
- Diaspora direct investment
- Diaspora capital markets
- Diaspora tourism and nostalgic trade
- Diaspora advocacy and diplomacy
IDEA/GP also encourages proposals that engage diaspora communities to respond to humanitarian needs arising from conflicts and natural disasters. This year’s concept paper submission deadline is October 31, 2012. The agency expects all potential alliance partners to bring significant new resources, ideas, technologies, and/or partners to development activities. Successful proposals will provide at least 1:1 resource leveraging from the private sector, via cash and/or in-kind contributions to the alliance.
There are three main steps to the application process:
- Consult with the mission or bureau/technical office’s point of contact regarding alliance idea;
- Submit a concept paper (see submission guidelines in 2012 GDA APS) to mission or bureau/technical office for review and approval with an email copy to firstname.lastname@example.org; and
- If requested by the mission or bureau/technical office, submit a full application.
To learn more about this unique opportunity to partner with USAID, please visit www.idea.usaid.gov/gp/aps.