The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Cote d’Ivoire continues to use innovative approaches to improve management and operations for an expanding program in a Francophone country traversing a chronic crisis while maximizing cost-efficiency. Unlike the majority of other PEPFAR focus countries, USAID does not have a bi-lateral presence in Cote d’Ivoire. However, in 2005 a USAID staff member joined the interagency team to strengthen support to USAID funded PEPFAR activities in country. The USAID focal point in country receives administrative support from the West Africa Regional Program (WARP) as well as technical backstopping from USAID/Washington.
USAID has an expanding role with projects in numerous technical areas such as PMTCT, OVC, Strategic Information, Private/public partnerships, Home-Based Care, Commodities Management and procurement, and building the national capacity of local NGOs through umbrella sub-grants. USAID has become an active contributor to the overall Cote d’Ivoire USG PEPFAR integrated mission, lead by the Ambassador. USAID in-country staff contributes to joint technical assistance, planning, and management to all PEPFAR funded partners. The role of the USAID focal point is to provide direction, financial management, program oversight, coordination, policy dialogue and agency perspectives on projects as part of the larger PEPFAR program.