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How can we use CLA to better connect USAID to host governments and the wider donor community?

This question came from Moving the Needle, a CLA conference organized by the USAID LEARN team in November 2015. Participants had the opportunity to provide written reflections and questions throughout the day. LEARN and USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research CLA team organized and clustered the questions, then developed responses to them. Look for more questions from the series to come!

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Angelina McIntire | RTI - USAID LEARN contract
Mar 1, 2016
Determining how best to collaborate with partners and stakeholders, learn from successes and failures, and ultimately adapt to increase effectiveness are issues that we all grapple with. Moreover, effective collaboration and coordination with host country governments and the wider donor community is context-dependent; there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. That said, we are aware of some promising practices that could be adapted to suit a range of contexts and objectives. One such practice is creating a shared learning agenda between USAID and the host country government around key development challenges, such as learning about how to respond better to a sudden disease outbreak (like the Ebola crisis) or how to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Similar undertakings can be conducted with other donors, such as joint evaluations and rationalizing reporting requirements for partners and implementers in a way that reduces their overall reporting burden. The Livestock Coordination Group in Bangladesh offers an excellent example of a USAID program facilitating alignment among seven livestock projects funded by seven different donors and working in different districts to synergize efforts aimed at developing the Bangladesh livestock sector. Through CLA, USAID and its implementing partners can serve as a model to other development organizations by prioritizing stakeholders, learning needs, and decisions that will help us maximize our most underutilized resource—knowledge—while being strategic with our scarcest resource—time.
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