CANBERRA — 2017 has provided new opportunities for businesses to engage in a real-time manner with the U.S. Agency for International Development and understand their business priorities and objectives. Converting their business forecast database from a quarterly snapshot to a live feed has enabled business insight into the rapidly evolving priorities of USAID. This is crucial as businesses and partners plan and prioritization potential tender opportunities.
But the agency also encourages businesses to engage directly to understand how USAID works with the private sector. On Dec. 15, a business call from Washington, D.C., for the first quarter of 2018 provided an important opportunity to discuss new and changing program objectives, as shown in our interactive feature for the budget forecast.
The fourth quarter release of the U.S. Agency for International Development's business forecast on August 11, and its associated question and answer opportunity, revealed an aid program evolving daily under new leadership and budget restraints. New opportunities, new cancellations and new insights into the impact of a new budget and the "global gag rule" make this quarter a need to know for USAID business partners.
A total of 205 business opportunities with USAID are forecasted for the year ahead. The business opportunities range in value from $150,000 to $2.5 billion and provide opportunities for businesses to partner with USAID in delivering solutions for job development, HIV response, and support for the 2018 Mali elections, among others.
Regionally, the highest number of projects are focused on Afghanistan and the Philippines — both of which have eight projects listed in the forecast. But by forecast value, South Africa is the priority region, with almost $1.2 billion of business opportunities forecast. This is followed by $525 million forecasted to support business opportunities in Nigeria.