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Sweikar provides oversight of externally funded global development research and education projects spanning five continents. He has overseen global development partnerships with multiple federal agencies, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, in addition to numerous corporations and foundation partners. Sweikar serves as an Indiana State representative to the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), which works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe. Sweikar also serves on the Steering Committee for USAID’s $70M Long-Term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) grant partnership with universities and has published on models of partnership between universities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Discusses a variety of partnership approaches, institutional and leadership efforts that created value, and common phases of partnership as outlined by Austin and Seitanidi (2012 and 2014) and the North-South Institute (Kindornay, Tissot, and Sheiban 2014).