Embracing New Partnerships that Advance Locally Led Development through Private Sector Engagement
USAID’s newly launched Policy Framework aims to drive progress beyond programs through new partnerships. In support of this, USAID’s localization approach fosters locally led development that is tied to each country’s unique political, social, cultural, economic and environmental conditions, including through local systems practice and local capacity strengthening. This webinar will highlight two examples of development programming that embrace new partnerships by both advancing locally led development and deepening engagement with local communities and private sector organizations.
- In Liberia, USAID and the Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) Program created the Liberia Agribusiness Incubator to support local job creation, trade and investment. To increase locally led development, USAID/ATI made an intentional effort to reach rural communities to help identify barriers for participation and ways to overcome those barriers. A subsequent outreach campaign, including road shows, radio jingles and media messages, was designed and tailored to local community needs, thus increasing local engagement in the program.
- In Guatemala, the Innovative Solutions for Agricultural Value Chains Project is implemented by a local entity, Agropecuaria Popoyán, S.A. The objective of the project is to reduce poverty and chronic malnutrition in Guatemala’s Western Highlands by providing new economic opportunities that improve the livelihoods and resilience for small-scale farmers and their families to reduce irregular migration.
Learn more about how these programs advance localization, support new linkages, and mobilize collective action across governments, the private sector, and local organizations.
Senior Advisor for Localization, Office of the Administrator
Sarah Rose is a Senior Advisor for Localization in the Office of the USAID Administrator. Prior to coming to USAID, she was a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where her research focused on US development policy and aid effectiveness, including localization. Previously, Sarah was a monitoring and evaluation specialist in the health office of the USAID Mission in Mozambique. She also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in the Department of Policy and Evaluation.
J. Cyrus Saygbe Sr
Private Sector Project Management Specialist
J. Cyrus Saygbe Sr joined USAID in June 2022. Before joining USAID, from 2019 to 2021, Mr. Saygbe worked with Solidaridad West Africa as Program Manager for a regional agriculture project that supports agribusinesses through matching grants, productivity enhancement and Business development service provision.
From 2012 to 2017, he worked as National Project Coordinator for a World Bank funded West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme within the Programme Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and later served as Team Leader from 2017 to 2019 for the development of a World Bank funded Smallholder Agricultural Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P).
Mr. Saygbe also worked for the United Nations Development Programme from 2005 to 2010 as Programme Associate and later moved to Samaritan Purse International Relief as Programme Manager from 2011 to 2012.
Mr. Saygbe holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Cuttington University Graduate School. He also holds a Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute in the United States of America.
Alvaro Viteri García-Gallont
New Projects Development Manager
Alvaro Viteri García-Gallont is a professional with business development experience to validate and implement shared-value business models related to agriculture, with an impact investment approach. Alvaro has a business and finance degree from the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala, and a master’s degree in international business from Hult Business School in London, England and Shanghai, China. Alvaro is the New Projects Development Manager in Popoyán. He currently leads the Shared Social Transformation component of the corporation and led Popoyan’s investment for the strategy and development of the Centers for Modern Agriculture for Prosperity and Opportunities – CAMPO in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Alvaro is also leading Popoyan’s most important agroindustry project: Tukan Foods, located in Petén, Guatemala; in order to access new and high-value markets around the world. Before devoting his work full time to Popoyán in 2016; Alvaro worked for a private wealth management firm in Guatemala as an investment advisor for corporate and individual clients in the region.
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