Enhancing Effective and Long-term Local Partnerships
IDG embraces the principle that the mission of foreign assistance is to build local institutions so that foreign assistance programs work themselves out of a job. All IDG program activities embed this principle in their design and implementation, including a focus throughout our programs on training, mentoring, and skills transfer. IDG always seeks to employ host country nationals wherever possible, including for technical and leadership roles, and to seek paths for development and promotion of these individuals.
IDG also seeks to make maximum use of host country subcontractors. IDG has extensive experience in subcontracting to cooperating country organizations under various subcontracting forms — T&M, CPFF, and fixed-price. IDG has worked closely with USAID mission contract offices to ensure full approval of approaches to local subcontracting. IDG also works closely with local organizations to help them to acquire everything needed to become a USAID contracting organization — sound accounting, proper reporting, DUNS numbers, and understanding of and adherence to the FAR and AIDAR.
Azerbaijan Competitiveness and Trade Project: IDG has provided training to government agencies and to the private sector, to transfer important skills to local institutions critical for greater value chain competitiveness and a higher level of government performance. Some examples include: The Office of the President; The Central Bank of Azerbaijan; Center for Research and Development (CRD) of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan; Ministry of Health; Azerbaijan State Medical University; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Taxes; Ministry of National Security Chamber of Auditors; Ministry of Economic Development; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Agriculture ; Economic Research Center; Azerbaijan Agribusiness Center; Institute for Economic Research; AmCham; Customs Service; Access Bank; Demir Bank; Janub Agribusiness Center; State Committee on Standards, Metrology, and Patents; Sanitary-Epidemiological Service; and, State Veterinary Service.
IDG also highlighted a host country company, ASR, as a subcontractor for the project, on an ongoing time & materials contract. IDG provided guidance and oversight to ASR to help them with the budgeting, reporting, and record keeping needed to become a compliant USAID contractor. IDG also worked on this project to utilize many local companies as business development services (BDS) providers, hired on fixed-price contracts, to achieve project objectives in a sustainable, cost-effective way.