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Successful collaboration requires a facilitative leader. Facilitative leadership, if executed well, can increase effectiveness by harnessing the resources of many, can increase efficiency by avoiding duplication and conflict, and can be a powerful leveraging mechanism to achieve high level development goals.
Community Contribution
This paper provides an overview of the facilitation approach with information drawn from its use in market systems development.
USAID Contribution
Practitioners working in nutrition must start thinking about the effect food, health, and education systems have on nutrition practices and outcomes. “Systems thinking” means paying attention to the unpredictable interactions among actors, sectors, disciplines, and determinants of nutrition. That thinking results in new ways of approaching, analyzing, and solving challenges, which must be applied through policy development, program design, implementation, and research. SPRING approaches systems in two ways – by articulating and promoting systems thinking for nutrition and by strengthening specific components of those systems. This paper makes the case for why systems thinking is important for nutrition and proposes several approaches to strengthening systems for nutrition.
Community Contribution
Aid Recipient Perspectives on Strengthening Country Systems
USAID Contribution
This document contains the agenda, facilitator guidance, summary of "big picture reflection," survey responses, and notes from an After-Action Review of a USAID/Uganda Partners Meeting held on 11/8/11
USAID Contribution
This e-learning module covers 36 lessons that review a variety of tools and methodologies to support knowledge sharing.
Community Contribution
A core goal is to support Missions in identifying opportunities to integrate alliance building more effectively into their strategy and program-design process.
USAID Contribution
This guideline, authored by the Asian Development Bank, offers a framework for strengthening internal learning from operational practice, and external learning from long-term knowledge partnerships.
Community Contribution
The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) will allow program officers, working in close collaboration with each to identify current organizational strengths and weaknesses and establish a plan for improvement that includes mechanisms to measure change.
USAID Contribution
This website offers information on the positive deviance approach.
Community Contribution

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