Project Information Offices (PIOs)
Project Information Offices, or PIOs, represent a country or region within a country, similar to USAID’s country desks. They promote development project opportunities in host countries, handle project intake, inform prospective clients about the International Collaborative Project SystemSM for project development, and gather region-specific information. PIOs are liaisons to the host country project partners and stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, academia and the business community. They also provide a link to the host country diplomatic missions and the expatriate community in the U.S. They are nonprofit U.S.-based entities, with counterpart associates abroad to facilitate their work in country.
PIOs play an important role in gathering real-time, on-the-ground information about a country, the sub region, and the specific project location, all needed for preparing essential project documentation to present to funding agencies. They provide crucial information to assess political considerations, including the local regulatory environment, business procedures and protocols, applicable laws governing the actions of foreign contractors, and the chain of command for project approval.
For more information about forming a PIO, please contact us.