Co-creation is a design approach that is critical to USAID achieving many of its biggest objectives and priorities. USAID and its partners use co-creation to break down silos that often impede our ability to design, implement, and oversee innovative, impactful, and locally driven development programs. Co-creation is injecting new ideas into USAID’s work and elevating the voices of nontraditional actors and local partners across the program cycle.
Co-creation may take many forms. For instance, co-creation can happen virtually or in-person, live or asynchronously, and through a large multi-stakeholder event or single-stakeholder meetings. It should not be treated as a box-checking exercise or used all the time. Co-creation is an intentional, time-bound approach that you can adapt to your needs to support USAID priorities.