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Rubio Joins Kaine in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Authorize New Partnerships Initiative at USAID

Jul 28, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, introduced legislation to authorize the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The bipartisan bill streamlines U.S. assistance by prioritizing funding for local partners and smaller organizations who can be best equipped to meet the needs of local communities. NPI helps USAID collaborate with local non-profits on humanitarian work by identifying new partners and sources of funding, streamlining access to resources, promoting local leadership, and providing training. The bill would establish NPI through statute and authorize funding for the program through Fiscal Year 2026, which would expand the agency’s humanitarian partner base and boost USAID’s effectiveness abroad by working with more organizations connected to the populations they serve.

“USAID plays an important role in our nation’s foreign policy initiatives,” Rubio said. “The bill would authorize USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative to allow smaller organizations to better assist local entities and make the agency more effective for America’s allies and partners.” 

“The New Partnerships Initiative was founded on the principle that greater diversity and competition among USAID’s local partner base would lead to better and more effective humanitarian work,” Kaine said. “I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which would help the agency build safer, healthier, and stronger communities around the world.”

Specifically, this legislation would:

  • Authorize $250 million for each fiscal year from FY2022 through FY2026 for New Partnerships Initiative program grants and increase the number of awards to new and underutilized partners;  
  • Simplify access to USAID resources;
  • Strengthen the capacities of local organizations  to help partner countries sustain their own development; and
  • Require the USAID Administrator to submit an annual report to Congress on the performance of NPI, and meet certain requirements regarding program management and recruitment of NGOs.