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

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!

Panagora’s First Hire: Associate Stacyann Forrester joined Panagora 3 Days after its Launch!

Stacyann Forrester is a dynamic Jamaican-American who is already making her mark in international health and development. She brings to the Panagora Group a strong background in health research, & project management and proposal development, along with a love for innovation and new technologies. Stacyann began her career in global health at the Institute for OneWorld Health in San Francisco, a drug development organization that specializes in medicines for the developing world. At OneWorldHealth, Stacyann coordinated daily operations of a five-person team that worked on developing a drug to combat soil-transmitted intestinal worms and conducted due diligence on more than 25 new drugs and technologies for further development. She also managed a database of more than 200 new technologies for possible further development, and organized a monthly seminar series for OneWorldHealth employees on drug development and public health. Other experience includes serving as Acting Community Coordinator for the San Francisco affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where Stacyann led grant development, educational outreach and public policy activities. Stacyann was a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador. She provided patient support in emergency care, pediatrics and gynecology for a public clinic, and administrative support for the Pachamama Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting the rain forests and its indigenous inhabitants.

Stacyann holds a B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an M.S. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Stacyann is a member of SID-Washington and the Global Health Council. She is also a contributing editor for the Global Health Hub, an online global health news aggregator. Stacyann enjoys running, traveling, watching TED talks and makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies.

Stacyann says: “I wanted to join Panagora because it offers a rare and exciting opportunity to build something from scratch, and to bring innovation and know-how that can have a real impact driven by the communities we serve. In a small business, I have a much greater say in everything we do!”