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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Assistance

Financial support to accomplish a public purpose, including grants, cooperative agreements and other agreements in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, by the Federal Government to an eligible recipient. The term does not include technical assistance, the provision of services instead of money. other assistance in the form of loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies, or insurance. direct payments of any kind to individuals, or contracts which are required to be entered into and administered under procurement laws and regulations (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 303, 304).

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