Launch of USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance Strategy

March 13, 2023

Nancy Onyango

Deputy Administrator Paloma Adams-Allen announced on Tuesday, March 7, the launch of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s updated strategy to guide the Agency’s overall approach for engaging with its implementing partner organizations. The Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Strategy outlines the necessary tools and culture shifts needed to increase USAID’s engagement with local organizations and to reduce bureaucratic burdens for its staff and partners.

The strategy, developed through consultation with hundreds of USAID staff and more than 15 partner engagements, including a survey of more than 1,800 individuals, will enable sustainable, inclusive, and locally led development results through acquisition and assistance.

This vision will be achieved through three key objectives:

  1. A&A workforce enabled, equipped, and empowered to further USAID’s development and humanitarian assistance mission.
  2. Streamlined and effective A&A integrated throughout the Agency’s development approach.
  3. A more diverse set of partners engaged to implement locally led development solutions.

An implementation plan with actionable steps has also been developed to support each objective of the A&A Strategy. USAID is seeking feedback from the partner community and stakeholders regarding implementation of the A&A Strategy.

With this strategy, USAID acknowledges the important role of the A&A workforce, who are highly skilled in the Agency’s specialized A&A expertise and are critical to localization efforts. The A&A Strategy prioritizes the hiring, training, and retaining of an A&A workforce ready to execute and manage the Agency’s awards.

To read more about USAID’s A&A Strategy and draft implementation plan, visit


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