USAID plans new staff exchanges, first with Brazil aid agency

Marco Farani, director of the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, right, shakes hands with Mark Lopes, USAID deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, after the two signed a memorandum of understanding to create a professional staff exchange between their agencies. Photo by: USAID/Brazil

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, or ABC, will begin a staff exchange in April as part of an effort to increase collaboration and offer hands-on learning opportunities for employees.

On Feb. 10, the agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to create a professional staff exchange program for their mid- to senior-level staff. The program is attuned with one of the Obama administration’s key development objectives: to turn USAID into the world’s premier aid agency and an innovative enterprise that relies more on in-house capacity than external contractors and consultants.

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