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Country Development Cooperation Strategy

A Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), or regional equivalent (RDCS), is a formal strategy document that details what a Mission or Washington Operating Unit (OU) intends to achieve over the five years that the strategy will be implemented. Through the strategy development process, a Mission creates a Results Framework that depicts the integrated hierarchy or flow of results to be achieved in order to reach stated Development Objectives (DOs).

A Mission must identify monitoring indicators to monitor the results stated in the Results Framework. USAID mandates that in an annex to its CDCS, the Mission must include a table of indicators and other monitoring approaches that will be used to monitor progress toward achieving its DOs, and to track contextual factors beyond the Mission’s control that may affect implementation.

Example Results Framework
CDCS Framework


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