An Afghan businesswoman showcase her products at a fair in Kabul. Photo by: USAID

CANBERRA — The downward trend in the number and value of forecast opportunities listed with the United States Agency for International Development continued this quarter.

At the associated business call, which took place in Washington D.C., on June 28, the agency highlighted the growing importance of small business partners and a direction to encouraging self-reliance among the countries they are currently supporting.

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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 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.