CLA and the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) in CDCS Planning and Development

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Date Published:
July 2, 2019
USAID Contribution

USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) principles and approaches help staff and partners to work more effectively with local actors, country partners, and others to generate and share learning that can be used to inform strategic choices and programming decisions in a Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). This tool serves as an interface to help users understand how the CLA tools and approaches linked in this document can be used to design and implement strategies and programming that support self-reliance. This tool discusses four areas in which CLA approaches can be used in CDCS development:

  • Stakeholder engagement for contextual awareness
  • Stocktaking and other methods for identifying and applying lessons from implementation
  • Building adaptability into CDCSs and the projects and activities that flow from them
  • Developing and implementing learning agendas to fill gaps in knowledge

In addition to describing how each of these approaches can inform both CDCS planning and deliverables, this tool also ends with a discussion of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) section of the CDCS and the CLA plan in the performance monitoring plan (PMP).