VEGA continues to provide the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with benefits that extend beyond its procurement mechanism.
Many of VEGA’s LWA and Member projects support Agency priorities that are highlighted in the following programs and case studies:
- Agriculture & Food Security
- Global Climate Change
- Local Capacity Development
- Inclusive Markets
- Innovation and Technology
- 20% of VEGA program funding has supported food security and VEGA Members collectively have 650 programs in Feed-the-Future priority countries
Form Public Private Alliances
Working through our members, we help USAID to combine development efforts with other private voluntary organizations, NGO’s, minority serving institutions, and small businesses.
We are in a unique position to represent the value of volunteerism to the U.S. government, USAID Missions, the development community, and the American public.
We integrate volunteers into programs to accomplish defined objectives, providing USAID access to skills and a level of expertise not otherwise available in the consulting field. The normal VEGA program uses an average of 15% of total LOE with volunteers.
VEGA’s access to Members’ large volunteer pools allows us to easily adapt to USAID needs.
We love to share the benefits of volunteerism, especially the unique impacts that American volunteers have while working overseas. Our volunteers often have decades of experience within their profession, and so they bring a practitioner’s sensibility to real world problems overseas.
These volunteers act as mini-diplomats and help to spread the message of public diplomacy by acting as trusted resources for partners.
Our strong management team ensures that programs meet USAID requirements at every step of the program, from the proposal process, to branding and marking, to quarterly and annual reports.
Our resource partners can design impact assessments and compliance measures to get the most out of your program.
Share Lessons Learned
Through our knowledge management channels, we disseminate information and lessons learned about programs. These lessons are distributed to the international development community as well as USAID employees and mission staff.
We market programs not only through our partnerships with Agrilinks and Microlinks, but also through social media including Facebook and Twitter.
We host discussions with our members and present findings to USAID upon request.
During the past year, we presented our organization’s impact to the Local Capacity Development Working Group, Tourism Working Group, and to program officers from the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) and the Bureau for Food Security (BFS).
Program buy-ins have come from 25 different mission and bureaus, and five of these missions have used the VEGA LWA repeatedly.