Economic Growth for Poverty Reduction (EG4PR) IDIQ

Solicitation Number: AID-EGAT-EG4PR

EG4PR has been designed to address the inter-relationships among the disciplines of trade and investment, finance for micro, small and medium enterprises, business environment reform, enterprise and value-chain development, and poverty analysis and social protection, and therefore replaces multiple prior IDIQ contracts in these sectors with a combined maximum ordering limitation of $6,000,000,000:


SEGIR General Business, Trade, and Investment II (GBTI II):

  • Abt Associates Inc (EEM-I-00-07-00004)
  • Deloitte Consulting (EEM-I-00-07-00005)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (EEM-I-00-07-00007)
  • Carana Corporation (EEM-I-00-07-00006)
  • Chemonics International Inc. (EEM-I-00-07-00008)
  • DAI/Nathan Group, LLC (EEM-I-00-07-00009)
  • Segura IP3 Partners LLC (EEM-I-00-07-00001)
  • Sibley International (EEM-I-00-07-00003)
  • The Mitchell Group (EEM-I-00-07-00002)


Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project (AMAP) AMAP Microfinance:

  • Development Alternatives, Inc (GEG-I-00-02-00011-00)
  • ABT Associates, Inc. (GEG-I-00-02-00012-00)
  • Chemonics (GEG-I-00-02-00013-00)


AMAP Business Development Services:

  • Development Alternatives, Inc. (GEG-I-00-02-00014-00)
  • The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (GEG-I-00-02-00015-00)
  • ACDI-VOCA (GEG-I-00-02-00016-00)


AMAP Support Services:

  • The QED Group (GEG-I-00-02-00014-00)
  • Weidemann Associates (GEG-I-00-02-00025-00)


AMAP Enabling Environment:

  • Development Alternatives, Inc. (GEG-I-00-02-00027-00)
  • Management Systems International (MSI) (GEG-I-00-02-00028-00)
  • Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) (GEG-I-00-02-00029-00)


SEGIR Commercial, Legal, and Institutional Reform (CLIR):

  • ARD Inc. (AFP-I-00-04-00001-00)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (AFP-I-00-04-00005-00)
  • Chemonics International Inc. (AFP-I-00-04-00002-00)
  • East-West Management Institute Inc. (EWMI) (AFP-I-00-04-0003-00)
  • Financial Markets International, Inc. (FMI) (FFP-I-00-04-00095-00)
  • IRIS Center at University of Maryland (PCE-I-00-97-00042-00)


Task orders issued under this IDIQ contract may be either Firm Fixed Price or Time and Materials awards. 




In recent years, USAID's Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT) has promoted trade and investment, finance for micro, small and medium enterprises, business environment reform, enterprise and value-chain development, and poverty analysis and social protection, among other work. Projects have often been limited, however, by the artificial division of these disciplines. This approach often helps solve immediate obstacles, but does not always address the inter-relationships between these development challenges and broader economic systems, nor does it leverage broader knowledge and information networks.

As the U.S. Government (USG) moves forward with reform of foreign assistance, USAID/EGAT seeks a new approach which can more effectively provide solutions to some of the world’s most challenging contexts.

The issues that dominate these contexts include, but are not limited to: conflict, food insecurity and global climate change,; all of which need to be addressed together with economic growth. Each of these has unique features and requires context sensitive solutions to achieve lasting impact; they also require firms, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), universities and research institutions to work together to capture, share, and translate the knowledge generated through decades of USAID experience into operational practice.

A new, integrated business approach is clearly called for to confront these complex challenges, in order to effect sustainable, pro-poor economic growth.

To this end, the objective of the Economic Growth for Poverty Reduction (EG4PR) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is to provide a broad, integrated, and knowledge-driven suite of services to USAID Missions and Bureaus to foster sustainable economic growth that translates into poverty reduction. This IDIQ contract will cover work in five programmatic technical areas (See SectionC.2. below), as well as the cross-cutting issues listed above. As the flagship USAID instrument supporting inclusive private sector development, EG4PR calls for new collaboration arrangements among firms, NGOs, universities and research institutions to step up to these new challenges. This will include concerted efforts to mobilize the ideas, efforts and resources of governments, businesses and civil society to stimulate economic growth, and develop businesses partnerships under new and existing forms of public-private partnerships.


EG4PR Contractors shall address the following broad technical areas in economic growth and poverty reduction:

C.2(a) Trade and Investment

C.2(a)(1) Trade and Investment Enabling Environment:

Promote the policies, laws, regulations, and administrative practices affecting international trade and investment, and the public and private sector institutions that support sustained, locally driven improvements in the trade environment; and

C.2(a)(2) Trade and Investment Capacity:

Facilitate the collection of services, technologies, equipment, and techniques used to enhance 16 private sector response to international and regional trade and investment.

C.2(b) Financial Sector

C.2(b)(1) Financial Sector Enabling Environment:

Support the establishment and broad-based acceptance of expert regulators and professional bodies that consistently improve laws, regulations, standards, and administrative practices necessary to shape and inform a competitive and inclusive financial sector; and

C.2(b)(2) Financial Sector Capacity:

Advance the capacity of all public and private service providers to adopt modern management practices, strengthen professionalism, and improve systems and processes involved in providing financial services inclusively.

C.2(c) Business Enabling Environment

C.2(c)(1) Business Enabling Environment:

Improve the competitiveness of the private sector through the improvement of policies, laws, regulations, and administrative practices that lead to behavior change of policy and decision makers.

C.2(d) Private Sector Capacity

C.2(d)(1) Private Sector Capacity:

Improve the competitiveness of key sectors and value chains for growth and poverty reduction by addressing the systemic and firm-level constraints to taking advantage of domestic, regional or international end-market opportunities.

C.2(e) Economic Opportunity

C.2(e)(1) Inclusive Financial Markets:

Support equitable access to essential financial services (credit, savings, insurance, leasing, remittances and payment services) of diverse providers (including banks, credit unions, NGOs, non-bank financial institutions, buyers, and suppliers) to low-income families and female and male-owned microscale enterprises/activities;

C.2(e)(2) Policy Environment for Micro and Small Enterprises:

Reduce national and local barriers to registering and operating micro and small enterprises by improving the policies, laws, regulations, and institutions affecting these enterprises;

C.2(e)(3) Microenterprise Productivity:

Facilitate the improved productivity of low-income microentrepreneurs participating in value chains and their ability to access both business development and financial services; and

C.2(e)(4) Inclusive Economic Law and Property Rights:

Ensure that poor people, women, and other disadvantaged groups have equal legal rights and protection in economic matters.

C.2(f) Contractors may be requested to assemble integrated suites of services to meet the complex challenges faced by USAID Missions in the 21st century, including|indenttitle}

C.2(f)(1) Conflict-affected environments where businesses have often been destroyed by conflict and where specialized strategies are often required to help economies rebuild;

C.2(f)(2) Food security, in order to meet the needs of the Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative, including but not limited to issues of trade, improved markets, strengthened value chains, public-private partnerships and policies that support agricultural transformation and improved productivity;

C.2(f)(3) Vulnerable populations, such as youth, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and the very poor, through integrated, market-oriented approaches that improve economic opportunities with poverty reduction;

C.2(f)(4) Gender, by analyzing and implementing strategies to address the complex socio-political environments in which men and women sustain their livelihoods and make economic decisions;

C.2(f)(5) Global climate change, by supporting developing countries in mitigating and adapting to global climate change in tandem with sustainable economic growth; and

C.2(f)(6) Innovation through technology by employing science, technology, and innovation to help solve traditional and persistent development challenges. Contractor duties are further described below as Core Tasks.


The Contractor shall perform or manage performance of the following Core Tasks:

C.3(a) Programmatic Interventions

As requested in task orders, EG4PR contractors shall undertake the following types of tasks:

C.3(a)(1) Problem identification, diagnostics and/or analyses of a broad range of economic growth and poverty reduction issues, including but not limited to the following illustrative examples:


General Program Area

Program Area with Cross-Cutting Themes

Trade and Investment

Trade and investment expansion and promotion efforts at the national, regional, and global levels, and facilitation of trade organization membership


Analysis of laws, policies, institutions, and monitoring protocols for carbon markets, and  carbon market mechanisms to attract capital from global carbon markets and emerging public funds





Analysis of constraints to and opportunities for value chain and/or enterprise development and employment generation for populations affected by conflict, such as male ex-combatants


Analysis of constraints and opportunities for youth employment

Financial Sector

Financial systems analysis, including assessments of retail financial institutions, financial market infrastructure, and/or the policy and enabling environment



Private Sector Competitiveness

Sector or value chain selection and  analysis of systemic constraints to growth and poverty reduction

Economic Opportunity

Causes of poverty, including chronic and intergenerational and gender differentiated-poverty, the impact of country policies and public services on risk and the vulnerability of poor households



C.3(a)(2) Program/project design and/or recommendations, including the following illustrative examples:


General Program Area

Program Area with Cross-Cutting Themes

Trade and Investment

Design of activities to improve trade facilitation

Program designs to integrate gender and a conflict lens into economic growth and poverty reduction projects, including for property rights


Youth and gender-sensitive employment program design


Program designs to achieve  business environment reforms using information communication technology to reduce costs




Safety net program design, such as conditional cash transfer program or food-for-work / cash-for-work initiatives targeting ex-combatants


Financial Sector

Design of global mobile banking initiatives

Private Sector Competitiveness

Design of value chain development programs that include the facilitation of an improved business environment for the value chain, strengthened vertical and horizontal linkages, supporting markets to facilitate upgrading all along the value chain, and enhancement of incentives for/benefits of supplier upgrading

Economic Opportunity

Design of programs to build the human and institutional capacity of microfinance institutions




 C.3(a)(3) Program/project implementation, including the following illustrative examples:



General Program Area

Program Area with Cross-Cutting Themes

Trade and Investment

Trade and investment expansion and promotion efforts at the national, regional, and global levels


Enhancing efficiency of transport logistics to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with movement of goods.


Implementation of warehouse receipting to support rural and agricultural finance




Competitiveness initiatives that focus on employment opportunities for women and girls


Safety net program design, such as conditional cash transfer program or food-for-work / cash-for-work initiatives targeting ex-combatants


Integrated, innovative economic assistance programs for populations – including men, women and youth - made vulnerable by the convergence of extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, and food insecurity


Projects to boost employment with targeted approaches for youth, men and women and economic stability in conflict settings, such as community jobs programs, vocational training and property rights reform


Financial Sector

Partnerships for diaspora direct investment (DDI) flows and remittances, to leverage knowledge transfer and other partner resources


Private Sector Competitiveness

Competitiveness initiatives at the national, sub-national, regional, value chain, cluster, and enterprise levels


Economic Opportunity

Design of programs to build the human and institutional capacity of microfinance institutions




C.3(a)(4) Evaluation, including:

C.3(a)(4)(i) Research plan development that includes a conceptual framework, hypotheses to be tested, causal model, evaluation methodologies appropriate to addressing the research questions, domains of analysis, indicators and data collection;

C.3(a)(4)(ii) Causal model development;

C.3(a)(4)(iii) Metrics development based on causal models;

C.3(a)(4)(iv) Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs)

C.3(a)(4)(v) Performance targeting and monitoring based on causal models;

C.3(a)(4)(vi) Project and/or process evaluation;

C.3(a)(4)(vii) Impact assessment that includes gender-disaggregated data, randomized control trials, quasi-experimental methods, qualitative research, cost-benefit analyses, and other methodologies categorized under “degrees of evidence;”

C.3(a)(4)(viii) Evaluative research that combines evaluation and program expertise;

C.3(a)(4)(ix) Use of pathways to trace outcomes of programmatic interventions;

C.3(a)(4)(x) Data collection methods, including but not limited to gender-disaggregated data collection and analysis;

C.3(a)(4)(xi) Data quality assessments; and

C.3(a)(4)(xii) Poverty measurement, including the development of lowcost methods for measuring the prevalence of poverty among samples of male and female individuals and male- and female-headed households and for estimating changes in the prevalence of poverty resulting from program efforts, changes in policies, and other changes in economic conditions.

C.3(a)(5) As directed in task orders, Contractors will be responsible for facilitating learning and knowledge management with a broad practitioner community, as well as other USG and developing country stakeholders.

C.3(b) Implementation and Program Management

The contractor shall provide one primary point of contact to support this IDIQ contract. The Project Manager shall be the individual bearing primary responsibility for:

(i) Preparing and responding to task order request for proposals

(ii) Ensuring cost and quality control under all task orders and for the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the contract

(iii) Selecting, preparing, placing and supporting technical experts carrying out technical requirements

(iv) Reporting to the USAID COTR and Contracting Officer in accordance with the reporting requirements set forth in this contract and task orders

(v) Monitoring small business subcontracting to ensure the stated goals in the Small Business Subcontracting Plan are met. The Contractor shall provide contract management necessary to fulfill all the requirements of this contract including support to task orders, including overall supervision, logistical support, collaboration in resolving IDIQ contract and task order administrative matters, cost-effective management of contract resources, commodity procurement, close coordination with representatives of other development assistance institutions, government, private sector, non-government, and private voluntary organizations to coordinate programs and policies, and use of local expertise. [Note: See Section B.5. regarding the recovery of these central management costs.]

C.3(c) Grants Management

Funds may be made available in individual task orders for the award and administration of grants. The contractor shall solicit, negotiate, award and administer grants under task orders. These grants will be secondary or minor to the overall work performed under the task order.

Grants management tasks may include: contractor(s) participation in or responsibility for the drafting and publication of Requests for Applications (RFAs). However, the program direction, focus, type of grantees and final grant approval will remain with the tasking Bureau TOCO or Mission TOCO.

The Contractor will be responsible for working with local groups to develop grant proposals, evaluation of proposals, establishment of grant agreements, delivery of financial and in-kind assistance, monitoring implementation and 21 grant close-out. The Contractor(s)’s responsibilities may also include: screening of potential grantee partners, design of the grant, database entry, and/or monitoring and evaluating the grantee deliverables. The Contractor(s) must review all grant proposals before final approval to assure they are consistent with USAID policies and procedures, grant format and disposition of property. The TOCO must approve grants unless otherwise stated in the task order. The process for approving grants will be specified in the task orders. - END OF SECTION C –

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