Supporting Countries in Achieving Desired Improvements in Health and Development Outcomes

USAID Breakthrough-ACTION
Last date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017
United States

Detailed Description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
is seeking applications from eligible U.S. and non-U.S. organisations
for a program entitled “Breakthrough-ACTION” with an aim to support
countries in achieving desired improvements in health
and development outcomes, including increasing the demand for family
planning (FP) that is satisfied with modern contraception; ending
preventable child and maternal deaths; achieving and maintaining an AIDS-free generation; and achieving a malaria-free world.

The purpose of the Breakthrough-ACTION project is to increase the
practice of priority health behaviors and enabling social norms,
including gender norms, for improved health and development outcomes, with an emphasis on improving FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, MNCH, and malaria health outcomes.

This purpose will be achieved through the integration of proven
social and behavior change (SBC) interventions in health and development
programs worldwide. Breakthrough-ACTION will closely coordinate with
its sister project, Breakthrough-RESEARCH to achieve this shared purpose
through complementary efforts.

The shared strategic objective of the two BREAKTHROUGH projects is
increased integration of proven SBC interventions in health and
development programs, particularly health service delivery platforms.
While focused primarily on health, the projects may address SBC needs in
other sectors, with particular attention to areas of potential
complementarily such as environmental conservation, agriculture, food security, and nutrition.

Funding Information

  • Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $300
    million in total USAID funding over a 5-year period to support one
    Cooperative Agreement.
  • The period of performance anticipated herein is five years from the
    date of award. The estimated start date will be upon the signature of
    the award, on or about July 1, 2017.

Expected Outcomes

  • Country-driven, high-quality SBC interventions implemented
  • Coordinated global and country leadership mobilized to address priority SBC challenges
  • Evidence for impact, feasibility, and cost-benefit of SBC interventions applied

Eligibility Criteria

  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • To be eligible for the CA under this RFA, applicants submitting as
    prime recipients must meet the requirements stated below. In order to be
    a Prime Applicant, the applicant must be:
    • Be a US or non-US based for-profit NGO, not-for-profit NGO,
      international organization, or private voluntary organization, inclusive of universities.
    • Demonstrated capacity in support of implementation of SBC activities across a range of health and related areas in LMICs;
    • Demonstrated managerial, technical, and institutional capacities to
      achieve the results outlined in this RFA, including financial systems;
    • Documented capacity to collaborate with, and convene, a range of stakeholders to achieve the results outlined in this RFA;
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with host-country governments, NGOs and other donors to undertake SBC programming and advance policy and advocacy in the substantive areas outlined in this RFA;
    • Established financial management, monitoring and evaluation
      processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that
      comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations;
    • Propose to contribute cost share from their own, private, or local
      sources no less than 10 percent of the amount of funds obligated by
      USAID for the implementation of this project over the course of the
      agreement. Specifically, such funds may be mobilized from the recipient;
      other multilateral, bilateral, and foundation donors; host governments; and local organizations,
      communities and private businesses that contribute financially and
      in-kind to the implementation of activities at the country level.
      Mobilization of funds from outside sources through cost share of project
      activities is highly encouraged.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Breakthrough-ACTION.

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