The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency that directs the U.S. federal government's humanitarian assistance program in many sectors, extends aid to countries that are recovering from disaster, works to reduce poverty, and engages in democratic reforms. The Assistance to Basic Education (ABE/BE) initiative is an IQC (Indefinite Quantity Contract) designed to support USAID country offices worldwide by offering them the means to rapidly access high-quality and cost-effective technical expertise and implementation support for their basic education interventions. EDC is joined by two partners, the Academy for Educational Development and RTI International plus a cadre of resource institutions consisting of Aurora Associates International, Inc., Amideast, L.T. Associates, Inc., Mississippi Consortium for International Development and MSI (Management Systems International). Through the ABE/BE agreement, EDC and its partners are eligible to provide technical assistance and services with a cumulative value up to $1 billion to support USAID's basic education Strategic Objectives over five years.