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USAID awards contract to support countries in transition

13/02/2014 15:38 (69 Day 22:53 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)  awarded the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions IV (SWIFT) indefinite quantity contract, according to USAID.



SWIFT is a five-year agreement with a potential of up to $2.5 billion. The contract will help advance peace and democracy in countries that are in transition. This is the fourth iteration of the SWIFT contract.

Through SWIFT, USAID is able to provide fast, short-term assistance to countries.  The program focuses on political transition and stabilization needs. Partners rapidly deploy initial start-up teams to countries in order to set up offices; hire local staff; develop, award, and administer small grants, primarily to local groups based on USAID guidance; and implement other activities to meet critical short-term needs in political and/or post-conflict transitions.

The nine SWIFT partners, which are all U.S. based companies, are: AECOM, Casals and Associates, Chemonics International, Creative Associates International, DAI, International Relief and Development (IRD), International Resources Group (IRG)/Engility, Management Systems International (MSI), and RTI International.

SWIFT supports a hands-on management and monitoring structure where USAID has daily oversight with implementing partners. Since it’s creation in 1994, SWIFT has helped USAID implement 25,000 activities in 40 countries worldwide, according to USAID.



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“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”: presidential election and early parliamentary elections

23/04/2014 16:38 (21:53 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- A 14-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will travel to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 25 to 28 April to observe the conduct of the presidential election (2nd round) and the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), according to PACE.



Major Cloud Service Providers Slash Prices; Threaten Smaller Players’ Existence: IDC Warns

19/04/2014 13:40 (5 Day 00:51 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- In the last week of March, major Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) in Asia dropped their prices for core services dramatically and IDC believes that this will make it very difficult for smaller CSPs to remain in business if they continue to rely on provision of basic, undifferentiated services, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

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