International Technical Assistance Program

Indigenous village in the Amazon

The U.S. Department of the Interior´s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI‐ITAP) builds capacity in other countries by drawing from the diverse expertise of DOI employees. Capacity building includes on‐site technical assistance, U.S.-based training, one-on-one mentoring, and train the‐ trainer workshops. DOI typically contributes the salaries and benefits of its technical experts while external funds cover other expenses (e.g., travel costs). Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and other funding partners, DOI-ITAP activities span the globe, having worked in more than 60 countries.

DOI specialists have a depth of applied technical expertise, domestic and international experience, and relevant language skills, on which DOI‐ITAP relies to field interdisciplinary teams from multiple bureaus. DOI-ITAP managers guide and work with these specialized teams, as well as in‐country coordinators, to foster direct and sustained government‐to‐government professional exchanges with their counterparts in other countries. DOI‐ITAP partners with local and international NGOs as well as private contractors, lending unique government‐to‐government expertise to technical assistance projects while leveraging resources.

DOI‐ITAP offers technical assistance on all areas of DOI technical expertise, including:

  • Wildlife Management
  • Tourism
  • Good Governance and Law Enforcement
  • Indigenous Peoples Issues
  • Mitigation and Management of Natural Disasters
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Water Management

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