InterAction welcomes Administrator Power’s commitments to make aid more accessible, equitable, and responsive.
Her remarks on November 4th recognized the important internal steps that must be taken to re-orientate USAID around inclusive and locally-led development and uphold values of diversity and equity.
InterAction applauds USAID’s goal of directing 25% of assistance to local partners within the next four years and ensuring that 50% of programs are led by local communities by the end of the decade. Expanding authorization to foreign service nationals to manage assistance is also a meaningful step that expands USAID’s capacity in an inclusive way.
Getting to these targets will not be easy, and indeed, USAID has set ambitious goals for locally-led development in the past. However, USAID’s dedication to reaching them in even the most challenging environments is made clear with the announcement of the Centroamérica Local initiative—a $300 million commitment to work directly with local organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
InterAction and our Members look forward to working with USAID to make these commitments a reality and ensure that resources and power flow to those who have traditionally held less power in the global development system.