Youth unemployment and underemployment is a major development challenge around the world and particularly in Kenya which has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment globally. This case explores the CLA approach of Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES), a five-year program funded by USAID that enhances employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Kenyan youth (aged 18-35) who have not completed secondary education.
This case draws on lessons learned from the USAID/Pakistan Community Resilience Office’s (CRO’s) “safe charity” campaign to highlight ways in which USAID and its partners can leverage CLA to improve the performance of countering violent extremism (CVE) programming.
Synchronizing with the end of Nobo Jatra's Mid Term Evaluation, a Theory of Change (ToC) review facilitated by The TOPs Program served as a valuable opportunity to use learning and evidence as a basis to revise the pathways, outputs and outcomes in the ToC and strengthen the layering, sequencing, integration, and overall prioritization of interventions.
Since 2016, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Igreja Evangélica Anglicana em Angola have been implementing Maza yi Moyo, a four-year community-led and managed project to improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in Songo Municipality, Uige Province.
Operating in a volatile environment, with a shifting conflict line, changing U.S. priorities, and the specter of many large donor-funded projects in a small geographic space, the Mission inculcated CLA approaches into ERA’s project and activity design, procurement process, and contract language.
By establishing the necessary enabling conditions, USAID/Honduras was able to design a project that would encourage Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting. Development outcomes are becoming evident.
In a context where Missions are seeking ways to be more creative and cost-effective with their work, even the way we learn and adapt begins to shift.
Together, the GIP and MELI decided that the CLA approach was the best means for GIP to build strategic self-reliance through strategic collaboration with these two key institutional partners and to foster collaboration between these key institutions for developing government transparency and accountability in El Salvador.
CaTSS therefore implemented MSH’s Standards of Technical Excellence for Project Implementation (STE), which establishes and reinforces best practices in project management on the basis of a dynamic process of continuous learning and improvement.
The case presented here demonstrates how allocation of time and resources at the outset of the activity to better understand the context, and continued reflection and evaluation with multiple stakeholders throughout the activity cycle, underscores and informs effective collaboration and intervention designs to strengthen a self-managed system of essential service delivery.