USAID and Save the Children support a community evacuation drill and emergency preparedness in central Vietnam. Photo by: Richard Nyberg / USAID Vietnam

JOHANNESBURG — As the United States Agency for International Development’s fiscal year 2018 is heading toward its close, Devex analyzes the 2017 awards data identifying the key trends and biggest contractors. Keep reading for a list of the top 10 contractors of 2017, and stay tuned for an analysis of the 2018 awards data later this quarter.

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Contract awards are commercial in nature, while assistance awards are grants, cooperation agreements, and other disbursements.

According to data extracted from USAspending, USAID awarded $16.69 billion in funding in its fiscal year 2017. About 30 percent of that funding ($5.1 billion) and 63 percent of awards (11,021) went to contract awards —  funding awarded to a prime recipient for goods, works, and services. The remainder went to assistance awards — funding given as aid to recipient organizations, programs, individuals, or governments. Assistance awards are frequently grants and cooperative agreements but can take other forms such as loans, insurance, and direct payments.

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    Matthew Wolf

    Matthew Wolf works with Devex's Development Data team from Johannesburg in South Africa, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges, results-based financing, and ICT4D.