Is USAID's 'go local' strategy hurting US small business?

In Kenya, the Huruma Women's Group receives support from the U.S. Agency for International Development's Feed the Future project to turn produce to value-added goods that are sold in local markets. USAID is increasingly going local and many U.S. small businesses are feeling the pinch of the new policy. Photo by: Fintrac Inc. / USAID / CC BY-NC

There was a time when U.S. small businesses used to get most of the smaller awards from U.S. Agency for International Development.

Now, more and more non-U.S. local partners are bagging those contracts, and as USAID is increasingly “going local,” American small businesses are feeling the pinch of the new policy.

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    John Alliage Morales

    As a staff writer, John Alliage Morales covers the Americas, focusing on the world's top donor hub, Washington, and its aid community - from Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom to the downtown headquarters of USAID, the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corp. Prior to joining Devex, Alliage worked for a variety of news outlets including GMA, the Philippine TV network, where he conducted interviews, analyzed data and produced in-depth stories on development and other topics.