USAID Awards YouthPower, an Agency-Wide Mechanism to Achieve Positive Youth Outcomes


Over the past few months, USAID Bureaus for Global Health (GH); Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3); and Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) announced the awards of the long-awaited YouthPower: Implementation and YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation contracts. These Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts comprise USAID’s first dedicated cross-sectoral youth development project – YouthPower – an Agency-wide project to strengthen local, national, and global youth systems and programs to achieve sustainable, positive youth outcomes in health, education, and political and economic empowerment, and to increase youth engagement in development efforts. YouthPower is dedicated to integrated, evidence-based youth programs, evaluations, and policies.

The YouthPower: Implementation and YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation IDIQs have a five-year period of performance and respective ceilings of $375 million and $72 million. The YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ will focus on the design and implementation of positive youth development programming and policies; capacity strengthening of youth-serving organizations and institutions, including governmental and civil society organizations; and support of young engagement within development. The YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation IDIQ will focus on research and evaluation of youth programming and technical leadership and dissemination of knowledge in the field of positive youth development.

The YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ contracts were awarded to Banyan Global, Creative Associates International, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), FHI 360, Global Communities, and RTI International. The YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation contracts were awarded to American Institutes for Research (AIR), Dexis Consulting, International Business and Technical Consultants, Making Cents International, Mendez England and Associates, and Social Impact. USAID also awarded the first task orders under each IDIQ contract, to be implemented by FHI 360 (YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ) and Making Cents International (YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation IDIQ).