USAID's private sector engagement policy takes shape

A truck loaded with humanitarian aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agency for International Development launched a new private sector engagement policy late last year, and since then the agency has been staffing up and drafting plans as it works to implement greater engagement with companies across its geographies and sectors.

There hasn’t been a big push to create new partnerships — though there have been a few announcements. Much of the work in recent months has been on changing USAID’s systems, operations, and culture in line with the policy, said Sarah Glass, acting director of USAID’s Center for Transformational Partnerships.

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    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.