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Collaboration, Technology, and Local Governance: How USAID and UNICEF are Working Together to Strengthen Uganda's District-level Governments

Event Details

Date and time

September 17, 2014



Event Description

Brought to you by the Governance, Corruption, & Rule of Law and Knowledge Management Workgroups

USAID/Uganda Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (SDS) (April 2010- April 2016) is an innovative USAID program ($55 M plus DANIDA’s $1 M in co-funding)  in support of the Government of Uganda (GoU) at the district and local government level. This six-year initiative is a multidisciplinary effort to develop and implement innovations to strengthen systems and public service delivery in sectors including good governance, public health, basic education, orphans and children, and water and sanitation. 

The USAID/Uganda’s Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability Programme implements the Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) inspired approach to technical assistance going forward. The collaborative learning strategy for technical assistance delivery draws on knowledge within the local government structures to ensure sustainability and increase levels of confidence in tested proposals for reform. The District Operational Plan (DOP), a framework and accountability mechanism for improved coordination of USAID funded programs, is in place with recipient district and sub-county governments ensuring joint implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of activities and improved public service delivery. Implementing Partner (IP) Mapping uses a web-based mapping and activity tracking application, developed in partnership with UNICEF, which allows Ugandan district governments to view development metrics and specific projects and facilitate effective operations.

Can we report a “DOP Effect” after four years of implementation? How did USAID and UNICEF share tools and information and then join forces to bring innovative solutions and technology for scaling up and accelerating the impact of SDS program? Why do collaboration, learning, and adaptation matter?

The event will feature presentations and lessons from the field on this USAID/Uganda innovative CLA approach and the successful collaboration with UNICEF, followed by responses by specialists from the USAID Policy, Planning, and Learning Bureau, and the USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. In order to maximize opportunities for audience interaction, there will be time for questions from the audience.

How to Attend

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About the Speakers


  • Tony Pryor, Senior Programing Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development 


  • Ella Hoxha, Cardno Emerging Markets, Chief of Party for the USAID/Uganda Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (SDS) program. 
  • Dr. Sharad Sapra, Director, Innovation Center, UNICEF 
  • Alan Johnston, Development InfoStructure Inc. (Devis)


  • Representative of USAID PPL Bureau, TBD