Private Sector Engagement

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Private enterprise is the single most powerful force for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating self-reliance.


Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is a strategic approach to international development through which USAID consults, strategizes, aligns, collaborates, and implements with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development or humanitarian outcomes.


USAID is undertaking a major cultural and operational transformation to expand Private Sector Engagement Agency-wide. Through its new PSE Policy, USAID has issued an Agency-wide call to action and mandate to work hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver our development and humanitarian programs in all sectors. This policy signals an intentional shift towards enterprise-driven development as a more sustainable way to empower people, communities and countries on their journey to self-reliance.

More Information

PSE Points of Contacts
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does USAID Engage The Private Sector?
Value Proposition: What USAID and the Private Sector Bring When We Work Together
Market-Based Approaches


Additional Resources

PSE Evidence and Learning Plan
Enduring Results 3.0 Summary Report




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PSE Team Job Vacancies




The USAID Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Team is leading the Agency's implementation of the PSE policy to expand collaboration with the private sector for more sustainable outcomes. The PSE team is comprised of the Global Development Lab's Center for Transformational Partnerships (CTP) and E3's Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM).