Alternative Development Program

Thailand USAID-Bangkok

For profit
Not for profit (incl. NGOs)
Public sector
R&D and Higher Education
United States of America
Organizational Support and Development Research, Development and Innovation

The United States Government, represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), anticipates issuing a request for applications to implement an Alternative Development Program to increase licit and commercially viable agricultural-based alternatives for rural Afghans with the goal of significantly reducing and ultimately eradicating poppy production throughout Afghanistan. Subject to the availability of funds, this competitively awarded five year Cooperative Agreement shall focus across those provinces within the north, east and west of Afghanistan where poppy eradication has been showing success, security issues are comparatively reduced and opportunities are most abundant. Examples of current priority provinces are Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman, Badakhshan, and Takhar. The Agreement shall be outcomes based focused on results. Applicants shall compete with proposed solutions that meet the requirements of the RFA and are tailored to an optimal technical / business approach. The goal is to contribute to the creation of full and part-time and year-round and seasonal jobs, increased sales, strengthened associations, increased exports and improved access to services to promote licit economic growth and positive alternatives to the illicit economy for farmers and non-farmers alike. The Applicant’s proposal shall directly link to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). Applicants should consider revenue generation and cost recovery, anti-corruption, gender, “Afghanization” (increased use of Afghan staff and local firms and NGOs, local project ownership, local sourcing of other goods and services, etc.) and local governance as important cross-cutting issues that must be included in all programmatic elements USAID will advise applicants of project objectives and desired outcome, but will not specify specific requirements or methodology. Applicants will have the opportunity to propose innovative, cost effective solutions for the Program. This solicitation will be accomplished using full and open competition and all interested parties are invited to apply. USAID especially encourages Afghan and/or regional contractors to consider this opportunity alone or in partnership with other organizations. Applicants are expected to provide a Program Description (PD), Performance Metrics & Measurement Plan and, a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) as part of the application package. Prevailing regulations do not allow Applicants to propose monetary incentives; however, Applicants may propose other innovative approaches to create incentives for program success.

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19 April 2023