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Development is measured in statistics; economic growth rates, life expectancy, literacy rates, population growth – to mention just a few – provide an objective assessment of progress. But the numbers by themselves cannot tell the whole story. Although Vietnam is rightly acknowledged as a development success, with rapid...
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| By Dan Burns
The USAID/Kenya and East Africa Family Health Program strives to support equitable Family Health services and contribute to the global goal to end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. 2017 proved to be a particularly difficult year for the program, when the Kenyan healthcare system was paralyzed by nation-wide...
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USAID/Liberia sought to learn from six years of implementing its current Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS 2013-2018) to prepare its new strategic plan (2019-2024). The Mission's Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) activity, Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA), elected an innovative, CLA-based Meta-...
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In 2017, QED initiated a crowdsourcing effort to encourage staff connections and generate ideas to improve products and services. As a growing, global organization it was becoming evident that QED staff were increasingly decentralized even though they were often doing similar work with similar clients and partners. They...
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In January 2017, the Philippine government issued a policy for attaining "zero unmet need" for family planning (FP). It directs the public health system to accelerate progress in FP service provision, especially among the poor by 2018 and the rest of the population by 2020.Six months into the campaign, regional program...
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From 2014 through 2016, the USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project used a collaborative, learning and adapting (CLA) approach to improve access to water in Uganda. The Project supported The Uganda National...
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Using integrated CLA approaches, The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) brought an innovative methodology to a traditional capacity development project in Ethiopia. The Local Capacity Development (LCD) project is a five-year (2014-2019) USAID/Ethiopia-funded activity implemented by Kaizen to strengthen the organizational capacity...
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The USAID-funded Feed the Future Mozambique Agricultural Innovations Activity (FTF Inova) implemented by DAI, aims to improve the income of smallholder farmers in Mozambique by stimulating a more inclusive agricultural market. Because development unfolds in thin markets devoid of support functions, and a low number of...
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Agricultural extension is key to spreading new technologies, promoting behavior change, and improving incomes and resilience to shocks. When national extension services frustrate and disappoint, where can farmers turn for inspiration, empowerment, and sound advice? With the intention of developing a systematic, cost-...
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This checklist is intended for use by USAID and implementing partner staff when developing or reviewing learning questions during monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) planning processes. It can be used to assess the appropriateness of each learning question based on utility, focus, feasibility, and inclusivity....
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