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Customized partnerships to advance shared goals

Every collaboration comes together uniquely by forging strategic relationships with businesses that can build on previous collaborations or establish new ones.

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Four Illustrative Phases of Engagement

Ready to collaborate?

USAID forms its collaborations with the private sector drawing on an illustrative process that involves: exploration, formulation, implementation, and expansion. Select each phase to learn more. 

Collaborations between the private sector and USAID are typically implemented in one to five years with opportunities for additional collaborations to follow.

The formulation phase typically takes several months, with urgent high-priority engagements taking as little as a couple of weeks. For complex engagements that involve multiple parties, geographies, and objectives, the formulation phase can take a year or more.


Determine what your business would like to accomplish with USAID.

  • Create an idea for collaborating with USAID that describes a business opportunity or challenge that could be addressed through an engagement with the Agency.
    • Things to consider:
      • Business vision of the engagement, goals, core area and potential assets.
      • Specific countries or regions your business would like to focus on.
      • Role and level of involvement in collaboration activities.
  • Socialize your idea with leadership at your company and identify key champions with a mix of decision-making authority and technical expertise.
  • Connect with USAID representatives to share your concept, identify potential collaboration opportunities, and build relationships. 

Each party to the collaboration aligns and designs the engagement.

  • Work hand-in-hand with USAID to select an appropriate collaboration approach and design the collaboration accordingly, focusing on key results and activities.
  • Determine the roles and responsibilities of each party involved. If necessary, secure an implementing partner to help manage the engagement.
  • Talk about how each party will work together, how decisions will be made, and how conflicts and communication will be managed.
  • If all parties want to formalize the engagement, write and sign an agreement that defines shared objectives and goals, roles and responsibilities, implementation, and legal details.
  • Work with USAID to develop a learning plan to ensure all parties have time to reflect and adjust plans, as necessary.

Execute planned activities.

  • Track progress, collaborate, and make joint decisions with engagement representatives in regularly occurring meetings.
  • Provide candid feedback to USAID on the activity’s performance and acknowledge USAID and other partners’ concerns.
  • Ensure continued buy-in from business key champions and frequently check in on progress.
  • Maintain strong communications with your USAID counterparts to ensure all sides understand evolving organizational priorities.
  • Monitor and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Use the established learning plan to actively reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the collaboration and document learnings.
  • Develop a plan to sustain and scale activities after the collaboration comes to an end.

Proactively generate new ideas and areas for collaboration.

  • Discuss ways that your business may collaborate in new technical areas, regions, or countries.
  • Decide if further collaboration makes sense at this time.
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Guide for Businesses

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Help your stakeholders understand why collaboration with USAID is good for business with the introductory guide for businesses.

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Ways to Engage

How we collaborate

Shared-Value Partnership

Define a problem collaboratively, identify new and existing solutions, build consensus around action, and refine plans to move forward with programs and projects.

Cross-Industry Coalitions

Bring together or join multiple stakeholders to address a development issue that has commercial interest.

Advocacy and Policy Reform

Promote more responsible business practices in areas such as human rights, labor conditions, environmental protection, anti-corruption, and more.

Resource and Expertise Sharing

Join USAID and others in panel discussions, strategy sessions, expert roundtables, and in other ways to advance the role of business in development.

Mobilizing Financing

Utilize established financial tools or discover new and blended finance vehicles to strategically unlock new markets and yield greater, more secure investments.

Added Value to Existing Programs

Join an existing activity and contribute to planned activities that generate shared value.

How We Work

Explore our impact

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Consumer Goods and Retail

Tiffany & Co.


Partnered with an industrial park free zone to boost work skills for at-risk youth, resulting in hiring for nearly 800 young people in just five years of the program.

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Internet Service Company

Internet Service Provider

Scaled pilot program to prove profitability of bringing lower cost internet access to one Venezuelan region, bringing access to 6,000 new users.

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Food and Beverage

Adjara Group

Hospitality and Restaurant Company

Developed a mobile matchmaking platform to connect restaurants to quality produce in Georgia, generating $4.4 million in sales for farmers and furthering business to business market development.

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Health Care


Digital Health Services

Increased digital health care access to a fifth of Rwanda’s population with more than 3,000,000 consultations, while also employing more Rwandan medical professionals.

Feeling Ready?

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Start a conversation with us today to explore collaboration.

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