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USAID/Liberia endeavored to better understand the programs and priorities of other donors in Liberia for strategic planning process, identifying potential partners, and integrating development activities. It also aimed to minimize duplication of efforts by donors in a resource-constrained context and find opportunities for collaboration and coordination. As USAID/Liberia's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activity, Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) conducted the Liberia Donor Influence and Collaboration Mapping Study (the Donor Mapping study).
The Donor Mapping study explored the development landscape in Liberia by recording donor strategies, their funding levels, and programs planned for fiscal year (FY) 2016 through FY 2019. Rather than culminating in only a written report, LSA designed the study to produce a resource tool called the Donor Database and to facilitate multiple learning events to discuss its findings and recommendations.
The Donor Database organizes information about donors’ priorities, activities, and future plans in Liberia, and serves as a learning tool for USAID/Liberia to assess which donors should be targeted for strategic partnerships and collaborations. The learning events between USAID, other donors, and the Government of Liberia shared knowledge about the donor landscape, promoted discussion about external collaboration, and eliminated duplication of efforts.
The Mission also posted the Donor Mapping study on its online Knowledge Management Portal, demonstrating a commitment to openness, sharing results, and continuous learning to improve development in Liberia.