April is going to be one of our busiest months – please keep an eye out for announcements in PSC Daily and our Events Page. For those not joining us at PSC’s Annual Conference at the Greenbrier next week, on April 20, we have our monthly CIDC meeting with officials from USAID’s M/OAA. They asked to meet with us to hear from CIDC members regarding their recently released Acquisition and Assistance Implementation Plan and sent PSC a series of questions to help frame the discussion for next. Thanks to feedback from Abt Associates, Chemonics, Creative Associates, DAI, and Nathan, PSC was able to submit a dozen pages of comments and suggestions.
Immediately following our April CIDC meeting, our DEIA tri-chairs will host a meeting of our Working Group.
We have a great turnout for our 4th CIDC on the Hill with 15 members signed up for our April 25th event in Rayburn House Office Building where we will meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the important work CIDC companies are doing around the globe. More information below.
In late March, we issued another in our series of thought leadership papers on USAID’s Localization efforts – focusing on the 2030 goal to have half of USAID programming with local partners in the lead. CIDC members provided real-world localization successes and challenges that formed key input in the paper’s annex. More information below. Speaking of papers, USAID issued its Policy Framework: Driving Progress Beyond Programs at a widely attended and broadcast event hosted by Administrator Power and her senior leadership team. You can view the event here and read the framework here.
Our “From the Field” stories this month highlight the work by Creative Associates to reduce the ever-mounting volume of plastic through recycling programs in West Africa. DAI reports on their transparency and anti-corruption programs in Colombia. Please contact me to help us get the word out about the great work CIDC members are doing to make the world a better place.
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