Deadline: 29 April 2020
Through this Annual Program Statement (APS), entitled New Partnerships Initiative (NPI): Conflict Prevention & Recovery Program (CPRP), USAID announces its desire to engage new and underutilized partners to expand and amplify the Agency’s work, particularly in contexts at the risk of, or recovering from, violent conflict. The overall Agency NPI seeks to support partner countries’ progress on the Journey to self-Reliance, achieve sustainable and resilient results, and catalyze more effective partnering for impact.
The overarching goal of the NPI APS is to empower new and underutilized partners, many of which are local and locally established organizations, to solve problems not adequately addressed by other USAID investments and that directly respond to the needs of conflict-affected communities. NPI will increase USAID’s programmatic impact, based on more collaborative and adaptive partnerships, and improve measurable outcomes at the country level through the following:
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- Leveraging private development assistance to respond to the Administration’s priorities and strengthen long-term partners for the Journey to Self-Reliance;
- Equipping and empowering new and underutilized development partners to maximize the impact of American tax dollars;
- Supporting solutions to near- and long-term Administration priorities that will advance the President’s National Security Strategy and support the Foreign Assistance Realignment;
- Identifying development solutions that will be country- and partner-driven for maximum long-term impact; and
- Creating incentives for expanding and diversifying USAID’s partner base so that we help to equip and fund more local and locally established partners to support country-level progress.
NPI envisions four specific forms for engagement, each intended to offer different entry points for working directly or indirectly with new, underutilized, or established organizations.
Organizations only need to qualify under one of the four forms of engagement listed below:
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1. Direct awards to new and underutilized organizations that are local entities1 in the host country or countries for which the Applicant is applying. New and underutilized partners may apply for direct funding via specific Addenda issued under the NPI APS. Applicants are eligible if they have received less than $25 million cumulatively in direct or indirect awards from USAID over the past five (5) years.
2. Direct awards to new and underutilized organizations that are locally established partners (LEPs)2 in the host country or countries for which the Applicant is applying. U.S.-based or international partners are eligible if they have (1) received less than $25 million cumulatively in USAID funding over the previous five (5) years; and (2) currently have additional, non-U.S. Government funding streams that exceed total funding received worldwide from USAID. (e.g., if an applicant has implemented $5 million in USAID funding, it must demonstrate at least $5 million in funds worldwide from sources other than the U.S. Government).
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3. Sub-awards to new or underutilized partners via prime awardees that serve in a limited mentorship role. NPI recognizes the important role and capacity that “established partners” (defined as those that already have a financial relationship with USAID above the NPI thresholds established in the APS) bring to local organizations around the world. NPI acknowledges that many local partners lack the capacity, or desire, to comply with the stringent requirements associated with awards from the U.S. Government. This modality will allow established partners to build the capacity of local partners to meet the requirements to become a USAID direct awardee or provide them the support they need to implement programs on behalf of USAID that have measurable impact. Established partners will play a support role to build the capacity of new and underutilized partners (e.g., through technical oversight, compliance support, and mentoring). The prime will not directly assist project beneficiaries. NPI envisions two modalities of support under this approach:
○ Modality 3a: Local Entity Sub-Awardees That Move to Direct Awards:
Prime awardees must pass a minimum of 50 percent of the total funding of their awards to local sub-awardees, with a goal of moving them to qualify for direct awards. In appropriate cases, USAID might pursue prime / mentor awards with a provision for transition awards to some local entities during the life of the award.
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○ Modality 3b: Local and Locally Established Partner Sub-Awardees: Prime awardees must pass a minimum of 75 percent of the total funding of their awards to sub-awardee local partners or LEPs. An award could also have a structure in which the prime partner receives a declining percentage of the value of the award year-on-year (e.g., from 25 percent in Year 1 to 20 percent in Year 5).
4. Direct Awards to Partners to Leverage Private/Non-U.S. Government Funding: NPI also seeks to support partnerships with organizations that can leverage their own private (or non-U.S. Government) funding, in recognition of the important dual-role that many established partners have as both implementers and fundraisers. Organizations of all types (non-profit, private-sector, host governments, etc.) can apply. Awardees must propose additional leveraged funds worth a minimum of 50 percent of the total value of the award they seek from USAID; this cannot include in-kind contributions but can include non-Federal grants and external awards.
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- NPI defines “Implementing Partners” as U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations that can design and implement assistance activities outside the United States. All potential Applicants are eligible to submit a Concept Note, provided they follow all requirements and instructions provided in the individual Addendum to which they are applying. Each Addendum may further restrict eligibility if the Mission or B/IO determines it is in its best interest.
- To be eligible, all Implementing Partners must be legally registered entities under applicable law and eligible under the relevant laws to receive funding from a foreign source. Individuals, unregistered, or informal organizations are not eligible to be Implementing Partners.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit Concept Papers via e-mail at the address given on the website.
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