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Blog Series: Organizational Learning Plans: The Why, What, and How

Oct 05,2021
By: Katherine Haugh and Monalisa Salib
As organizational learning professionals, we have received a lot of questions over the years about what makes for a good organizational learning plan. We saw a lack of good resources on organizational learning plans, including publicly available organizational learning plans for others to learn from and adapt. This blog series is intended...
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PSE MEL: Standard Agency PSE Indicators and Harmonizing Indicator Tool

Sep 23,2021
By: Learning Lab
Under its Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Policy, USAID is working hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver development and humanitarian programs across all sectors, and to harness resources to open markets and other opportunities for U.S. businesses. The USAID PSE Evidence and Learning Plan, launched in 2019, champions ...
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Using CLA to Revisit Past Failures and Adapt Future Approaches for Greater Impact

Sep 08,2021
By: Saeqah Kabir
Through the USAID-funded Nobo Jatra (New Beginning) project, World Vision Bangladesh uses CLA to revisit past failures to improve and adapt future approaches. While staff were open to applying CLA in their work, there was limited understanding of the benefits of applying CLA to learn from failures at an overall project level. Despite a co...
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Adapting Child Nutrition Screening During the COVID-19 Lock Down in Uganda

Sep 08,2021
By: Andrea Procopio
The Graduating to Resilience activity funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and led by AVSI Foundation (AVSI) in partnership with IMPAQ International and Trickle Up seeks to test the Graduation Approach’s ability to graduate ultra-poor refugee and host community households in Western Uganda from conditions of food insec...
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Stronger Local Partners and Systems through Collaborative and Adaptive Mindsets

Sep 08,2021
By: Laura Alvarez
In 2013, in response to budgetary constraints, USAID/Paraguay decided to elevate its partnerships with local organizations to become more efficient while maintaining its effectiveness. This approach, based on learning from previous programs, would come with some fiduciary risks that USAID was willing to take. That year, the Mission awarde...
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Community-Led Development Harnesses the CLA Approach: The Case of Collaborative Research from 35 MERL Practitioners from 23 Organizations

Sep 08,2021
By: Gunjan Veda and Holta Trandafili
One organization cannot make significant and lasting changes alone. Therefore, when The Movement for Community-led Development began a collaborative research project in 2019 to create a body of evidence about Community-led Development, using a collaborative, learning, and adaptive process was not a question of 'if', but 'how.'Over the fol...
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Learning & Innovating in Complex Situations: Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia

Sep 08,2021
By: Chris Thompson
Indonesia faces stubbornly high levels of maternal and newborn mortality. Recognizing that traditional approaches were yielding decreasing returns, USAID/Indonesia designed the Jalin activity to co-create and test a limited number of innovations to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes. Because of the dynamic socio-economic f...
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Water Loss Reduction in Jordan

Sep 08,2021
By: Management Engineering Services Contractor
While Jordan's traditional water sources are scarce and declining, around 50% of water supplied to urban systems is "lost" as "non-revenue water" (NRW). NRW is mainly comprised of leaks, theft, and metering errors. Past efforts to resolve this problem had not shown any success and did not measure the impact of various fixes. There was als...
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From Challenge to Opportunity: CLA Response to IUU Fishing in the Philippines

Sep 08,2021
By: R. Geronimo
Despite major investments in enhancing the skills, personnel, and capacity of fisheries law enforcement teams, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains among the top threats to marine biodiversity and sustainable fisheries in the Philippines. To identify and further strengthen the Philippine Government’s response capac...
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