A Philippine army soldier counts boxes containing tent material from USAID, as he prepares the load to be deployed by airlift Typhoon Haiyan victims. Photo by: REUTERS / Wolfgang Ratay

WASHINGTON — Officials who have been involved in multiple efforts to improve the U.S. Agency for International Development’s contracting and grant-making processes say they are trying to learn from past experiences — and past mistakes.

As USAID undergoes a broad restructuring under Administrator Mark Green, the agency is hoping to build on earlier attempts to direct more resources through local organizations. The previous administration’s “local solutions” agenda set a top-line target for local spending — 30% — which it then struggled to achieve. But Green’s team says they are taking a broader view of how procurement fits into the entire spectrum of program strategy, design, award-making, and implementation.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.