How USAID Does Business
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The Agency advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting long-term and equitable economic growth in four geographic regions (Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe/Eurasia). USAID's priority sectors are:
- Economic growth, agriculture and trade;
- Global health; and,
- Democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance
USAID works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. Based on active partnerships with local public, private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), USAID field missions identify needs and establish a strategy for delivering assistance to the host country. In order to define USAID's strategic objectives in a given country, consideration is given to U.S. foreign policy interests, the level of resources available to the USAID mission (both financial and human), and the role of other donors in the host country. The authorities to design, procure and implement specific activities are largely delegated to field missions, based on USAID/Washington's approval of the country strategy. USAID's assistance is delivered through a variety of agencies, including U.S. private businesses, U.S. and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), host governments and public international organizations.
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