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Development Innovation Ventures

Business process re-engineering of Health care in Egypt

The Honorable Secretary of State announced $150 million of emergency aid to Egypt. I would like to propose BPR of Government owned health care organizations to deliver a high quality of health care services to the majority of people in Egypt who can't afford any other options. Currently i work for VHA in Clarksburg, WV as an addiction psychiatrist for the last 20 years. I was born in Egypt and would like to contribute ...more »

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Procurement Reform

Embrace existing streamlining initiatives & assistance princples

In regard to Federal Assistance, has USAID been involved with the Grants Policy Committee (GPC), established by the Federal CFO Council? There have been a lot of good streamlining initiatives that have come out of this group under P.L.106-107. Grants need to be used in accordance with the principals and spirit of the The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977. Allow NGO's to do what they do best and reduce ...more »

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Procurement Reform

Safe Harbors for Recipients?

In regard to assistance awards (grants/coop. agreements), I've heard that USAID will provide some form of "safe harbors" for their managers (Procurement/Contracting officials?) to allow them to the opportunity to take more risks with less established partners overseas. Will USAID provide the same opportunity for prime recipients in working with their subrecipients? We currently take on a lot of USAID's risk in working ...more »

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Procurement Reform

DOLLAR & SENSE

I am writing to you from the Eastern part of the Congo where the actual conflict has killed more than 8 millions people and more than two millions women have been raped etc... My question are 1. Why do you still do business with the same organization when you know that they only spend $.15 on the dollar on the local population? 2. Can we make exception for organization that are on the ground in the Congo to still ...more »

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Development Innovation Ventures

Start at the foundation and build a better future

Concrete is the most consumed product on earth, after water. Even the poorest nations of the world use cement-based construction methods.

The concrete supply system creates millions of jobs and businesses within the industrialized nations.

Why don't we create a concrete-based economic development plan for the poor nations to use as their foundation for a better future?

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Procurement Reform

Use of small businesses

Recent procurements from USAID continue the trend of complex scopes of work and high ceilings. In addition, many are RFAs with significant cost shares. These realities make it difficult for small businesses to compete. What will happen under this procurement reform to boost utilization of small businesses, not just for their ability to procure goods, but also for their strengths in innovation and specific technical competencies? ...more »

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Procurement Reform

Support for women's activism in conflict prevention and peace

Given the US government's strong support for UN Secruity Council Reslution 1325 on women, peace and security, how will USAID ensure that international and national

CSOs supporting women's activism in conflict prevention,

peace making and peacebuilding get adequate and timely resources and ease the application process for many such new entities?

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