What is a Leader-with-Associates instrument?
Three Leader-with-Associates Cooperative Agreements (CAs) have been awarded to implement the USAID DOT-COM program: dot-GOV (Lead organization: Internews Network), dot-ORG (Lead organization: Academy of Educational Development) and dot-EDU (Lead organization: Education Development Center). The Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement is similar to a traditional cooperative agreement, except that it is designed to allow additional flexibility to facilitate participation by USAID Missions. The “Leader-with-Associates” name reflects the fact that there is a single lead cooperative agreement, under which multiple associated awards can be made. The terms “Leader Award” and “Associate Award” refer to the relationship of the awards, and not to the issue of who receives the awards. The Leader Awards were made after a competitive process to the organizations that serve as the prime awardees (also known as lead organizations). USAID Missions and Bureaus can develop additional stand-alo