The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI)
Focusing on the Missing
“We will help our partners by
prioritizing programs that show
measurable impact, incentivize
reform, diversify our partner base,
foster local capacity-building, and
mobilize domestic resources.”
-USAID Administrator Mark Green
Why Diversify our Partner Base?
● NPI is the first recommendation of USAID’s procurement
● Designed to engage the Missing Middle -- new and
● Working through Regional Bureaus, Missions, and Pillar
● New Partner
● Underutilized Partner
● Locally Established Partner (LEP)
○ Long-term presence
○ Demonstrated links to the community.
● Built on past efforts.
● Empowers our Bureaus and Missions to:
○ Choose partnering approaches.
○ Target multiple types of organizations.
○ Operate free from centrally-driven targets.
● Direct awards to new/underutilized organizations
○ Local entities
○ Locally established partners
● Sub-awards to new/underutilized organizations
● Direct awards to partners to leverage private/non-USG funding
NPI Partnering Approaches
● Global APS / Local Addenda oriented to mission strategic intent
● Multi-step review process (Concept/Co-creation/Application)
● Flexible use of a variety of assistance instruments
● Fixed Amount Awards
● Cooperative Agreements
● Cooperative Agreements/Grants with Continuing Application
● Cooperative Agreements/Grants with Adaptive Modules
● Leader with Associates
● Burkina Faso
NPI is currently finalizing plans with other pillar bureaus and
with the following missions:
Conflict Prevention and Recovery Program
• Why focus on areas susceptible to conflict?
• Exploring new partners and programming models for
the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery.
• NPI APS released on April 30, 2019
CPRP Process and Current Status
• Lowers barriers to application and promotes co-design:
– 5 page Concept Notes
• Flexibility via addenda
• Global Development Lab addendum is coming