NEWS: KANAVA to Support USAID’s Global Land and Resource Rights Activity

KANAVA International, an Arlington-based international development consultancy, has inked a subcontract with Tetra Tech ARD to offer management capacity-building services as part of USAID’s Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR) II Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Tetra Tech is one of seven prime contractors, of which four are large, on the $650 million award, which works with field Missions and other USAID Offices and Bureaus to improve land tenure, property rights, and resource governance. The IDIQ runs through July 2025.

“This subcontract is further recognition of KANAVA’s management capacity-building expertise,” said President and CEO Susan M. Puska. “Through our signature Impact Strengthening Development (ISD) tool, our small, women-owned business has earned a reputation for delivering measurable improvements in the way local organizations manage USAID funds and deliver sustainable results for their communities.”

Puska pointed to ISD successes in Afghanistan, for example, where Chief Operating Officer Carol J. Yee recently completed a re-assessment of eight organizations implementing the tool as part of another KANAVA subcontract. Overall, the organizations showed marked improvements across the nine areas covered by ISD, including administration, human resources, and organizational management. Six organizations scored so well that they now meet all requirements of USAID’s Non-U.S. Pre-Award Survey (NUPAS), qualifying them for direct funding from the agency.

“Assisting local organizations to achieve that kind of self-sustainability is what KANAVA is all about,” said Yee, who pointed to other examples of the firm’s commitment to what USAID Administrator Mark Green has called the “road to self-reliance.”

For the USAID-supported West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, for example, KANAVA worked with Borderless Alliance, a membership-based organization for trade and transport stakeholders, on a sustainability plan that included an organizational capacity baseline. When the alliance received its first-ever non-USAID grant -- from the African Development Bank -- Bank representatives decided to forego a preliminary site visit, citing systems put in place in part due to KANAVA's work. (You can read more examples of KANAVA successes here.)   

Through Yee, KANAVA is a member of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA), which reports directly to the USAID Administrator. The firm is also a subcontractor to Dexis Consulting on two other IDIQs, supporting monitoring and evaluation services to the U.S. Department of State’s regional, functional, and management bureaus in Washington and overseas.

For more information on the STARR II IDIQ, please see this fact sheet.  

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