Macfadden: Delivering Humanitarian Assistance when Communities Need it Most

Macfadden, an Amentum company, is an international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. We partner with U.S. government agencies, international donors and private sector organizations worldwide to tackle development’s toughest challenges.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1988, we never forget that we are people helping people. Our way of doing business has its roots in the commitment of our founder, James R. Macfadden, who built an organization that reflected his relentless dedication to helping solve complex development challenges.

Today, we have grown into a premier consulting firm with more than 350 staff based in Washington, D.C. and overseas, providing U.S. government clients with exceptional services to make a direct impact on people’s health, safety, and welfare worldwide.

We offer a wide range of technical services to build the capacity of governments, partners and individuals to solve some of the world’s toughest problems, often in some of the toughest places. For more than two decades we have been a reliable and trusted partner for USAID, responding to more than 1,000 complex international disaster relief efforts.

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What we Do

HumanitarianAssistance 1We know that disasters—whether natural or manmade—can strike anytime, anywhere, and the ability to quickly mobilize is critical. With more than 20 years’ experience supporting rapid response to more than 1,000 international disasters, we have fully streamlined our systems to support the front lines immediately. We deliver real-time, on-the-ground information, logistical and technical support before, during and after emergencies.

As a leader in this field, we understand that effective response efforts start with analysis and assessment, training, logistics support and rapid response. Macfadden coordinates management strategies and solutions to prevent, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from disasters. Our team has decades of experience and a first-hand understanding of complex emergency response needs, having provided humanitarian relief in more than 60 countries. Our expertise in this area includes:

  • Disaster risk, reduction and mitigation
  • Capacity building and training
  • Strategic communications campaigns to catalyze public support
  • Policy and planning to reduce food insecurity and improve global health outcomes
  • Pandemic planning and emergency response
  • Supply chain management and logistics
  • Cartographic analyses
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning


what we do conflict stabilization and transition 1Our experience being mission-ready to adapt to changing environments is a fundamental component of how we operate. We have established multiple platforms with a range of capabilities including staff, resources, logistics and systems to provide immediate and tailored support to promote peace building in communities, particularly for women, youth and vulnerable populations.

We work with government actors at the national and local level as well as community stakeholders to consolidate peacebuilding gains and address a range of issues including resilience, citizen security, social cohesion and crime and violence prevention. We develop an understanding of the drivers to community security perceptions to deliver the right support for fragile and conflict areas and to promote peace, prosperity and stability to help lay the foundation for long-term development gains.

Our staff understand how to work in challenging operating contexts and excel in dynamic environments that require fast and flexible responses. We have experience working in more than 25 conflict-affected countries—from Iraq to Somalia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo —where we work to rebuild trust and empower communities in transition. Our capabilities include:

  • Justice, rights and security
  • Preventing/countering violent extremism
  • Crime and violence prevention
  • Stabilization
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Digital connectivity and use of technology/social media
  • Training and capacity building


USAID AE III IDIQAs USAID’s largest institutional support partner, we provide unparalleled technical, administrative and operational assistance across the agency.

From grants administration to technical assistance, Macfadden covers the full spectrum of support services. Our adaptive management approach is tailored to each client, delivering exceptional project management solutions that also build capacity. For more than 20 years we have provided the following services:

  • U.S. personal services contracts recruitment and management
  • Training and capacity building
  • Logistics, operations and field support
  • Grants, cooperative and interagency agreements administration
  • Event management, planning and coordination
  • Strategic communications and outreach
  • Website production and social media management
  • Digital content production
  • Graphic design services
  • Travel and administrative management
  • Rapid mobilization and surge support




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