Improving Strategic Planning, Donor Coordination, and Leveraging through CLA
USAID/Ukraine applied elements of the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework and key concepts to strengthen strategic planning and donor coordination in Ukraine. The Ukraine collaborative mapping effort supports USAID/Ukraine in achieving the following objectives: 1) to assess and analyze the current donor landscape in Ukraine and to share these data within USAID and the broader development community; and 2) to inform USAID/Ukraine’s formulation of a new, five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for FY 2018-FY 2023. By adapting Agency-level donor profiles to Ukraine, developing a dashboard of donor activities based on other USAID models, and conducting extensive consultations, USAID/Ukraine has easy-to-use, robust knowledge management tools in place on its shared site. Collectively, these tools have been able to help USAID/Ukraine identify who is doing what where, articulate our comparative advantage, and move away from simply sharing information towards joint planning and leveraging. One result is that USAID/Ukraine refocused its energy resources to higher priority energy security programming given that many donors already have or are planning new energy efficiency programs. Virtual interns via the State Department’s Virtual Student Federal Service complemented efforts by researching publicly available data and contacts, which the Mission has used to follow-up in the field via in-person meetings to have a more comprehensive donor landscape picture. Donor profiles have also been used as a model and replicated within the E&E Bureau. Not only has the CLA approach to donor coordination been critical to the strategy, the inclusive process of developing the profiles and dashboard has facilitated joint messaging between USAID/W and the field with donors and capitals. Conducting the study and developing these tools in-house has saved resources and ensured buy-in from staff.