The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded positions on a potential five-year, $2.5 billion contract to nine companies for work to support political transition and stabilization efforts in countries transitioning to democracies.
USAID started the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions program in 1994 and has worked in 40 countries to implement 25, 000 activities since, the agency said Wednesday.
This is the fourth iteration of SWIFT, under which USAID holds daily oversight with contractors.
- Casals and Associates, a DynCorp International subsidiary
- Chemonics International
- Creative Associates International
- International Relief and Development
- International Resources Group, an Engility Corp. (NYSE: EGL) subsidiary
- Management Systems International
- RTI International
“SWIFT partners are critical to the success of USAID’s programs in transitioning countries. They are expected to overcome significant challenges posed by conflict affected areas or otherwise unstable transition countries where USAID’s operates, ” said Nealin Parker, acting director of USAID’s transition initiatives office.
Contractors will be responsible for deploying startup teams to help set up offices, hire local staff and help manage small grants in countries that are undergoing political or post-conflict transitions.