SustainAbility Solutions is a leading organization that offers comprehensive training courses around the world for US Government recipients, auditors, and officials to enable them to comply with the complexity of implementing US Government-funded programs.

The red tape and rules attached to receiving US Government funds have become increasingly onerous and confusing. Therefore, it is imperative that recipients fully understand, implement and comply with these ever-changing rules and regulations to avoid to project suspension or even termination.

Our trainers have more than 70 years of experience in training thousands of USAID, CDC, MCC and other US Government agency officials, implementing partners and auditors.

Our team delivers both a comprehensive understanding of the rules as well as practical hands-on knowledge in live seminars to groups of delegates.

We also offer in-house courses that can be custom-designed for the specific needs of the implementing partners.

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USAID & CDC Financial Management & Compliance 2023 & Beyond

Date: September 1,4 & 5, 2023
Time:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Venue:Live Online Webinar

About us

SustainAbility Solutions has offices in and primarily operates across three continents – North America, Africa and Asia however we will travel anywhere in the world to meet the needs of our clients/participants, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other challenging environments.

Not only do we have ‘book’ knowledge of the rules, but we also understand the rules and regulations from a hands-on point of view in that we also implement, assess and evaluate projects just as our clients and delegates to our courses do.

We have a 360 degree understanding of the intricate US Government implementing partner environment.

We also have specialist expertise in the training and performance of Yellow Book audits (under US Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards).

It is through this in-depth understanding and on-the-ground application of the rules in the real world, on real projects and audits that we are able to offer the most relevant and useful courses.

Everything we do is related to understanding, complying with and sharing knowledge around US Government rules and regulations.

The bottom line is that we train the auditors who will audit your project so we fully understand their requirements and will equip you with the knowledge you’ll need to satisfy them.

Courses & Seminars

Our range of courses include a diverse range of topics that will prepare you to comply with the implementation standards for US Government-funded programs. Select your preferred course from the list of courses below to view more information and contact us, should you have any enquiries.

July 20, 21 & 24, 2023
July 24-25, 2023
July 26 - 27, 2023
Live Online Webinars
September 1, 4 & 5, 2023
Live Online Webinars
September 5-6, 2023
Live Online Webinars
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Listed below are our core services.

Not only do we have ‘book’ knowledge of the rules, but we also understand the rules and regulations from a hands-on point of view in that we also implement, assess and evaluate projects just as our clients and delegates to our courses do.

Training on US Government (USAID & CDC) Financial Management & Compliance

Training on US GAGAS or “Yellow Book” (for auditors’ 24 CPE credit hours)

Training on multiple other USG SuperCircular, FAR, OMB Cost Principle and audit issues

Performing Agency Contracted and Recipient Contracted Yellow Book audits

Pre-award assessments and evaluations for the USG and/or Prime recipients

Pre-audit compliance reviews

Past Participants

Included below are just a few of the US Government recipients, partners or service providers who have sent staff on our courses or utilized our advisory services.

  • Management Sciences for Health
  • World Vision
  • PATH
  • FHI360
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • PWC
  • Society for Family Health
  • Right to Care
  • FPD
  • Touch Foundation
  • The United States Agency for International Development
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • UNDP
  • Medical Research Council
  • Population Council SA
  • JSI
  • Grant Thornton Int.
  • Marie Stopes Int.
  • BroadReach Healthcare
  • Salesian Mission
  • Soul City
  • Johns Hopkins Health
  • Futures Group
  • Jhpiego

The Trainers

Our specialists are experts in their industry and ensure that we provide the best training during our workshops. Meet our trainers who will give you comprehensive training, should you be a US Government recipient, auditor, or official to enable you to comply with the complexity of implementing US Government-funded programs

Doug Franke

Doug Franke is a practicing US CPA and the Managing Director of SustainAbility Solutions Africa (SSA), a specialist consulting firm that assists international and local donors, foundations and their recipients with financial management, compliance, SustainAbility, strengthening and special purpose audits. Prior to founding SSA he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years serving 12 years as the International Development Aid Partner in Southern Africa. His financial management consulting experience has extended world-wide, having been Project Director and Chief of Party on numerous engagements throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the U.S. His clients have included private and public sector entities including USAID, DFID, CDC, RNE, SIDA, The Global Fund, CIDA, the World Bank, OECF, Norwegian Red Cross, and JAIDO as well as individual governments.

Mr Franke started working with USAID regulations and policies & procedures over 31 years ago when performing work for USAID Cairo. Since then he has served in many roles which have reinforced the various US Government regulations...

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Mark S. Hoffman

Mark S. Hoffman, CPA, CPCM is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM). Mark has over forty years of practical experience in accounting, compliance, and project management for commercial enterprises and not-for-profit organizations involved in US Government programs. His areas of expertise include procurement regulations, cost/price proposals, cost accounting, contract administration, and compliance strategies.

Mr. Hoffman is an independent consultant specializing in professional training activities and business consulting services in his areas of expertise. Mark works with not for profit organizations and commercial contractors both domestically (US) and internationally.

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“As a Prime Recipient of USAID, we understand the importance and core competencies required to manage US Funds. The courses given by SustainAbility Solutions Africa, provide the critical elements to successfully managing United States funding. As an organization, Right to Care would recommend anyone who receives US funding to ensure their program and financial staff are well trained in the regulatory requirements necessary to ensure accountability and sustainability. SSA can greatly assist any organization in successfully managing the funding requirements."

Kurt Firnhaber
CFO - Right to Care

“SustainAbility Solutions Africa (SSA) has been our preferred USGAGAS accreditation training institute since 2010. Doug and his team has accredited numerous KPMG Professionals across Africa and continue to support our technical coordination team on the day-to-day practical matters. SSA continues to share relevant, practical, and current industry best practice in an effort to enhance service delivery.”

Werner Roetz
Associate Director, KPMG Department of Professional Practice, USGAGAS Technical Lead (KPMG Africa).

“When starting the course I thought it would be impossible to get through all of the material that was going to be covered, but we worked through it at just the right pace so that we understood it but did not get lost along the way.”

Abdul Ehsan Mohmand
Managing Director, Dynamic Vision Afghanistan

“The fact that the trainer is also a practicing CPA who performs USG audits, he is able to clearly get across the rules in a way that helps our partners prepare for USAID pre-award assessments and their own audits.”

Sheilla Benyera
Manager, Capacity Building, MSH BLC Project

“I found the course to be a great combination of practical knowledge combined with real-life and hands on examples. This really helped myself and my team understand how to apply the rules.”

Kate Thiers
COO, Africa Health Placements

“Although the various rules applicable can be complex and confusing, the trainer made them as easy as possible to understand and gave us real-life examples of how to apply them."

Fanie Grové
Partner at PwC

“I was really impressed how SSA was able to tailor a course to the specific USG agency grants management regulations and needs of our new implementing partners and include hands-on exercises and practical exams which will help enforce the many learning points. Our partners should now have the knowledge and confidence to successfully implement their programs which will ensure that grants management capacity is enhanced and sustained locally.

Subroto Banerji, Deputy Country Director (March 2012)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Abuja, Nigeria
US Department of Health and Human Services

“The Yellowbook course that Sustainability Solutions offers is the only one where clients and auditors are trained within the same rules so that all are working off the same page. It’s certainly informative and allows auditor and recipient to be aware of the current allowable expenditures that the US Government accepts as well as keeping the auditor up to date with Yellowbook standards.”

George Higgins
Associate Director | Professional Practices Group-Public Sector
Ernst & Young Inc.

Contact Us

SustainAbility Solutions is a leading organization that offers comprehensive training courses around the world for US Government recipients, auditors, and officials to enable them to comply with the complexity of implementing US Government-funded programs.

USA Office Contact: Susan on (313) 920-6188 and RSA Office contact: Rose on +27 11 616-3956

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