Panagora President helps form new Coalition of International Development Companies — CIDC

Panagora President Betsy Bassan was front and center in the formation of the new Coalition of International Development Companies (CIDC), and now serves on its Executive Committee. The purpose of CIDC is to bring the deep knowledge and experience of international development companies – small, medium and large – to any table where development is being discussed. The advent of CIDC fills a long-existing need, an especially important need during these times when the future of foreign assistance is being hotly debated and recast. Fifty-four companies have already joined the organization.

International development companies represent more than 40 percent of USAID’s implementation force. They bring highly skilled and very committed development practitioners – international and national alike – to help create sustainable outcomes at scale through demand-driven solutions that are carried forward by local partners, whether government, the private sector, or NGOs. They are entrepreneurial by nature – reflecting American values of innovation, compassion, and results that are close to the heart of the private sector. They are committed for the long haul – taking forward massive economic and social programs, building national capacity to carry solutions forward, and turning our talents to the next challenge. 

“CIDC represents a long-held dream of mine. I have worked for local and international NGOs, USAID, and international development companies,” Bassan said. “We are all staffed by dedicated and knowledgeable people who are driven to alleviate poverty and make the world a better place. Never before has it been more important to have all voices with development expertise at the table to craft ever more effective ways to squeeze out the most development impact possible from every dollar.”

“Moreover, as our profession of international development evolves, it is critical that we bring forward all evidence of what works and what doesn’t – from NGOs, international development companies, and other implementing agencies – so that policy decisions are based on the full spectrum of USAID and other donor experience.”

CIDC is superbly led by Chair Charito Kruvant, President and CEO of Creative Associates International. The convening companies include Abt Associates, Chemonics International (whose President and CEO, Richard Dreiman, hosted our first planning meeting), Creative Associates International, DAI, Development and Training Services, INTEGRA LLC, International Resources Group, The Kaizen Company, MSI, and Panagora Group. We receive excellent communications support from the Podesta Group. We are hosted by the Professional Services Council, whose President and CEO, Stan Soloway, serves on CIDC’s Executive Committee.

CIDC carries out its work through a number of task forces staffed from the ranks of its 54 member companies. CIDC’s task forces make sure the group’s voice is present in print, electronic, and social media, and that its members interface on the substantive issues of development with key stakeholders in the Administration, the Hill, other consortia, think tanks, universities, and NGOs. Bassan leads the task force on outreach to coalitions, think tanks, and universities; and supports the membership and fundraising task force.  

To learn more about CIDC and stay current on its activities, visit www.americaningenuityabroad.org. Along with compelling and clear presentations on foreign aid achievements and a list of members, it contains all of the group’s media placements to date, including an editorial by Betsy Bassan in the Huffington Post on June 22, 2011, the day CIDC was launched.

 

Follow CIDC on Twitter: @intDevCompanies

 

 

 

A Chat with Panagora’s New Director, Pamela Pine

Stacyann: Hi, Pam. We’re so glad that you’ve joined Panagora.  Tell us why you were interested in being a part of this organization.

Pam: I really liked the organization’s orientation and its focus on the changes that are occurring in international health and development, and the fact that it’s a new organization.  There are incredible opportunities with a new group, and particularly one led by smart, creative, concerned, driven people (i.e., Betsy!)

Stacyann: Tell us a little about your background.

Pam: I’ve had a pretty eclectic life and career. I’ve focused on serving the underserved in a number of different locations throughout the world, with a primary focus on women and children given the need. I have an entrepreneurial and creative bent, so I’ve tended toward involvements that are outside of the ordinary, that use methods that bring together evidence-based program elements that have not been put together previously.  For example, to address an issue of coca sales and use in the Northern Border area of Ecuador, a communication project I designed and for which I was the Project Director brought together a coalition of organizations who agreed to brand themselves under a unifying logo. The project focused on positive development messages and licit economics, never once mentioning coca.  The project was really able to reach far and wide through different types of media and brought awareness to large groups of various publics – and ended up being awarded a prestigious international prize for the work!  On another front, to address the need for awareness and understanding and catalyze action on child sexual abuse, my colleagues and I used theatre with after-show discussion, which was able to generate empathy and understanding and intent to act in a way that providing training often just cannot.

Stacyann: What other types of health issues have you worked on?

Pam: Lots: reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, TB, immunization, nutrition, maternal and child health, societal violence, and in a number of different locations throughout the world including Albania, the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Morocco, Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Yemen, Zambia. I’ve provided technical assistance on research, training, community outreach and education, community mobilization, media outreach, advocacy, social marketing, policy development, and evaluation, in addition to organization, program and project leadership. I’m really proud of what I’ve helped accomplish and very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had to be a part of other cultures and environments.  I lived in Yemen in the late 70s, when it had been open to the world for less than a decade!  It was like walking into the Bible.  I am fortunate.

Stacyann: So, what’s next at the Panagora Group for you?

Pam: Well, I’m off to India to gather information about possible programming there.  I’m watching it all unfold, and look forward to the opportunities with a truly innovative and impassioned growing group of professionals.

Panagora Stretches for TASC4 IDIQs

Panagora views the timing of the TASC4 IDIQ proposals as very opportune and a great way for us to impact global health care delivery. If you are interested in joining forces with Panagora on TASC4, please send your resume and cover letter to stacyann@panagoragroup.net.

USAID has used the TASC indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ) mechanism in health for three iterations – 15 successful years of harnessing an array of players, many of them new partners to USAID’s global health programs. This IDIQ supports a broad array of health programs across service delivery areas, including FP/RH, MCH, TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria and nutrition, and in a variety of ways, from increasing access and quality of service delivery, health policy reform, community mobilization and behavior change, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, and commodity systems management.

TASC has been unique in being so cross-cutting and has given missions a unique way to carry out integrated health program with innovative new approaches and new international and local partners.

TASC was pivotal for Panagora’s President, Betsy Bassan, in creating Chemonics’ successful health practice. In fact, TASC1 provided the first win for Chemonics in health – a rapid assessment and design of USAID’s family planning and health service reform activities in the Philippines. Bassan went on to lead long-term wins under TASC2 in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia as well as several short-term evaluations. As a result, Chemonics and its consortium was able to make many significant and innovative contributions to building country capacity in integrated health service delivery, strengthening health systems, effectively engaging communities and NGOs, creating sustained behavior change, and developing robust MIS systems – for USAID, PEPFAR, and PMI, and with a range of stakeholders including host country government, local NGOs and the private sector. TASC3 provided additional opportunities to deepen these contributions.

Ms. Bassan is eager for TASC4 to bring similar opportunities for Panagora to advance health care for the world’s poor through innovation, scaling up, capacity-building and effective partnership. Panagora is priming small business bids for TASC4 Africa, Asia/Middle East, and ICT, and is a proud partner to Chemonics on the full and open regional TASC4 bids. Bassan says, “TASC has been very popular with USAID missions as a way to more quickly have the benefits that competition and contracts bring to achieving result-oriented health programs that build country capacity and put national players in the driver’s seat. It is very exciting that TASC4 is offering so many ways for small business to be a part of this. Panagora is stretching to participate in as much of TASC4 as possible – please join us in this effort!”

The Panagora Group is accepted as a member of the SBAIC

The Small Business Association for International Contractors (SBAIC) has accepted the Panagora Group as a member of the association. This confers in effect a “good house-keeping seal of approval” on Panagora, which is delighted to be a part of this dynamic group.

SBAIC is a membership forum for sharing best practices and promoting equity and meaningful use of small business within USAID contracting. Its members are companies with track records in USAID contract implementation. SBAIC is making itself an ever more important part of the international development community though its new leadership: Indira Ahluwalia, President of Development and Training Services (dTS), is serving as President; and Bob Otto, President and CEO of INTEGRA Government Services International, serves as Vice President. Learn more about SBAIC here.

SBAIC is updating their website, Panagora will appear soon.

USAID Approves Panagora’s Mentor Protégé Agreement with Chemonics

USAID has accepted Panagora’s and Chemonics’ application to the Mentor Protégé Program! We received this good news in a letter dated March 14, 2011 from Mauricio Vera, Director of USAID’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization (OSDBU). This notification formalizes the Mentor Protégé Agreement between the two companies.

The goal of USAID’s mentor protégé program is to increase successful entry of new businesses into the international development space and create new partners for the Agency. A successful application requires careful delineation of how the mentor-protégé relationship will help grow the small business into a successful federal contractor over a two year period. Chemonics is providing written materials and strategic advisory assistance to help Panagora develop its operations. In addition, Chemonics is procuring the services of Panagora to carry out work of common interest, including new business efforts that will help generate the longer-term contract revenue needed for Panagora to be a sustainable business into the future.

Many have asked whether this partnership still allows Panagora to team with other organizations. The answer is yes!

Many have also asked about the value of the mentor-protégé relationship – Panagora President Betsy Bassan says, “It is a fantastic program, a truly excellent way to reduce the barriers to entry for new or existing companies who want to work under contracts to support the U.S. Government’s foreign aid goals and objectives.”

Kudos to OSDBU for initiating the MPP in the last couple years!