USAID business forecast: Q1 of 2019

A USAID project in Pakistan aims to enhance competitiveness of agricultural value chains in the country with a focus on horticulture and livestock, including dairy, meat, and fisheries. Photo by: USAID Pakistan 

CANBERRA — Delays in past business forecast calls have seen the U.S. Agency for International Development skip Q4 of 2018 and move straight to Q1 of 2019. But the data and call from this quarter provide important insights into the year that was and the opportunities that will be.

Trends in the reduced number of business opportunities between years have continued, along with the value of opportunities. A total of 166 opportunities are available this quarter worth a total of $7.9 billion. This is a significant decrease from the 204 opportunities worth up to $16.9 billion at the same time last year.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.