Supporting Self-Reliance Through Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting

Apr 13, 2020 by Self-Reliance Learning Agenda team Comments (0)

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How can Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) contribute to fostering a country’s Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR)? The latest Self-Reliance Learning Agenda (SRLA) product—the CLA Case Competition Self-Reliance Analysis—explores this question. In this paper, USAID analyzes submissions to the 2019 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition, which highlights case studies of USAID staff and implementing partners using CLA approaches to improve organizational learning, contribute to better development outcomes, and foster country Self-Reliance.

Competition submissions made key findings on the relationship between CLA and J2SR through the following pathways:

  • Capacity-strengthening activities 
  • Private-Sector Engagement 
  • Financing Self-Reliance 
  • Strategic outreach with host country governments

None of these pathways would have been possible without effective collaboration between key individuals in the government, private sector, or local communities. Many of the submissions also demonstrated an openness to continuous learning, highlighting programs that adapted in response to new evidence and demonstrating how CLA paved the way toward self-reliance.

What can you do to contribute to CLA and the Agency’s operationalization of the J2SR?