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Landscape Analysis of Learning Agendas: USAID/Washington and Beyond

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Promoting Sustainability & Self-Reliance: Use of Group Capacity Assessment Data in Nepal

Dec 11,2019
By: S.Sharma
Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security (Sabal) is a five-year program in Nepal funded by USAID Food for Peace (FFP) in October 2014 and implemented by Save the Children and a consortium of partners. Sabal’s goal is to improve food security and resilience in targeted districts of Central and Eastern Midhills of Nepal. Its ac...
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Development Interventions with CSOs for Systemic Change

Nov 26,2019
By: Leonardo Escobar and Lucila Serrano
The Civil Society Activity (CSA) seeks to improve institutional capacities and increase the sustainability of Mexican Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to effectively implement programs related to violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and human rights. Initially, we approached this work by focusing on the development of internal ...
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Countering Disinformation Programming Virtual Session

Nov 20,2019
By: The Center for Democracy
The spread of false or misleading information through digital and social media platforms exacerbates societal conflicts, pollutes information flows and civic discourse during political processes, may adversely impact physical and mental well-being, and in some of the most tragic cases, has been a factor to spinning up violent activity aro...
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How Can CLA Help on the Journey to Self-Reliance? An Interview with the HRH2030 Program

Nov 20,2019
By: Maria Castro
We asked three questions to Juan Sebastián Barco and Katy Gorentz from the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program after their case study was named a winner in the 2019 USAID CLA Case Competition. During our conversation, they took a deeper dive on how their collaborative, evidence-driven work with the Colombian Family...
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How CLA Helped Increase Self-Reliance in Zambia

Nov 16,2019
By: Laura Ahearn
This blog post is a summary of a study entitled, “Deep Dive of Akros Community-Led Sanitation Program in Zambia.”How can people be encouraged to take charge of their community’s sanitation needs and become self-reliant in latrine construction and use? Open defecation, which can lead to serious infectious diseases across the populati...
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Where to Go for Research Evidence

Nov 13,2019
By: Lily Sweikert
Are you looking for research evidence to inform your development programming? You’re in luck. The Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC), a free, publicly available, and searchable database, recently added a list of more than 15,700 USAID-funded and USAID-affiliated peer-reviewed research publications to its collection.Maybe you wor...
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Building in CLA to Your Activity Design: A Remedy for Working in Closing Spaces

Nov 12,2019
By: Lubain Masum
USAID/Bangladesh signed a cooperative agreement, called Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL), with Democracy international (DI) with $10 Million in funding from the Department for International Development (DFID). The activity is a flagship five-year collaborative activity to promote tolerance in politics and mitigate conflict. USAID c...
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Self-Reliance Learning Agenda Paper Series on Capacity and Capacity Strengthening

Nov 05,2019
By: Learning Lab
The Paper Series on Capacity and Capacity Strengthening shares insights gleaned from a subset of the literature examined by the Self-Reliance Learning Agenda (SRLA) landscape analysis, with the aim of prompting further discussion. It notes that capacity and capacity strengthening are complex and contested terms, with practical implication...
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Building CLA foundations for USAID Gap Inc. Partnership: Women + Water Alliance

Nov 01,2019
By: Azra Nurkic
In 2017, Gap Inc. and USAID launched the Women + Water Global Development Alliance to improve and sustain the health and well-being of women and communities touched by the apparel industry. The initial program and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) plans for the Women + Water Alliance were developed with limited collabo...
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