Moving the Needle Conference
Many donors and implementers are grappling with how better to support developing countries’ self-reliance and ownership over their development agendas, and how to deepen and leverage learning and adapting in their organizations and programs to achieve this result. USAID is both committed to developing countries’ self-reliance and an acknowledged leader in organizational learning, with a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting approach that stands out for its holistic scope, integration into Agency policy, and focus on capacity-building. The Agency’s best work in leveraging CLA has contributed to promising advances in both local ownership and sustainability.
Much remains to be done, however, to better understand how to how to institutionalize CLA and leverage it to increase sustainability and local ownership, and move countries towards greater self-reliance – key priorities for the new administration. These priorities present an impetus to deepen CLA at USAID, and to inform and learn from how other development organizations deepen their own organizational learning efforts.
Moving the Needle 2018 will convene decision makers, thought leaders, donors and implementers around two questions:
- How can we better leverage systematic, intentional and resourced collaborating, learning and adapting to operationalize and accelerate the shift toward a new relationship with developing countries that supports their self-reliance?
- How can we further institutionalize organizational learning and adaptive management in our respective institutions to support this goal?
The one-day event will be headlined by David Moore, the Acting Deputy Administrator for USAID as a keynote speaker. CDA Collaborative Learning Projects will present on the impact of Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid, the groundbreaking listening project, published in 2012. And the afternoon will feature a multi-donor panel with senior leaders from USAID, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and UNICEF to share experiences and methods that support operationalizing this agenda. Breakout sessions will bring together USAID staff, implementing partners (IPs), and other stakeholders to share what’s working and develop collective approaches to address the questions articulated above.
Moving the Needle 2018 will take place at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
The closest Metro stops are Metro Center and Federal Triangle. While the National Press Club does not provide on-site parking for visitors, there are several parking garages nearby that accept daily parkers.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the day will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. Coffee and a light breakfast will be available for all attendees upon arrival and lunch will be served.
Welcome, Introduction and Orientation
Spotlight on Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid
2017 CLA Case Competition Awards Ceremony
Morning Breakout Sessions
Lunch: Resourcing CLA
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Multi-Donor Panel on Organizational Learning for Development Impact and Self-Reliance
Reflection Exercise and Closing Remarks
For those unable to participate in person, this year's plenaries and high-level panel discussion will be live-streamed! To join, click on the links below and login to the National Press Club's livestream page.
The livestreamed morning sessions will begin at 9:00 AM EDT and conclude at 10:30 AM EDT. CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
Here’s what you’ll see:
- 9:00 AM - Welcome Remarks, Piers Bocock, USAID LEARN
- 9:20 AM - Spotlight on Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid, Polly Byers, Executive Director, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
- 9:35 AM - Interactive Reflection Exercise
- 9:50 AM - USAID Welcome, Susan Fine, Acting Assistant to the Administrator, USAID/PPL
- 10:00 AM - Keynote Address, David Moore, Acting Deputy Administrator
The livestreamed afternoon session will begin at 3:00 PM EDT and conclude at 4:30 PM EDT. CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
- 3:00 - 4:30 PM - Multi-Donor Panel on Organizational Learning for Development Impact and Self-Reliance with representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and UNICEF
USAID’s Acting Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
Senior Learning Advisor in USAID's Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
Chief of Party, USAID LEARN