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Strategic collaboration, continuous learning, and adaptive management (CLA) connect all parts of the Program Cycle. Learning includes data from monitoring, portfolio reviews, stocktakings, research findings, evaluations, analyses, knowledge gained from experience and other sources.

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Promoting Peace in Burundi through Positive Youth Development

Aug 30,2021
By: Mehreen Farooq
Afflicted by nearly two decades of civil war, Burundi, one of the countries with the youngest populations in the world, continues to face challenges in establishing long-term peace and stability within its borders.In recent months, the security situation has deteriorated, with militants conducting violent ambushes in central Burundi and i...
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Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist Tool

Jul 23,2021
By: Learning Lab
The Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist are instruments that USAID’s Locally Led Development Initiatives has developed and are testing to help USAID and our partners think about what locally led development means in practice, including throughout our Program Cycle and across different technical sectors. Both have been adapted...

NTD programming in the COVID-19 era: How are we learning and adapting?

Jul 13,2021
By: Molly Adams
Implementing neglected tropical disease (NTD) programming during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been a simple task. Around the world, NTD activities are in various phases of stopping and restarting and sometimes stopping again, as communities find new ways of working. As a global flagship project for the control and elimination of NTDs, US...
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Example Streamlined Performance Management Plan (PMP)

May 04,2021
By: USAID Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning
This PMP is an illustrative example intended to provide ideas for how Missions can utilize the revised ADS 201 requirements for PMPs, found in section A key revision to PMPs is the new requirement to identify learning priorities with plans for how to address them through monitoring, evaluation, and CLA. The hypothetical East T...
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Using the CLA Maturity Tool, Virtually

Mar 23,2021
By: Monica Matts
Nearly five years ago, the CLA and the LEARN contract developed the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Maturity Tool to help USAID missions and offices think more deliberately about how to plan for and implement CLA approaches. In the years since, many USAID and implementing partner teams have used the tool. They have found it hel...
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Adaptive management: A practical guide to mitigating uncertainty and advancing evidence-based programming

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Pact’s Adaptive Management Guide provides practical guidance to development practitioners globally on the mindsets, behaviors, resources, and processes that underpin an effective adaptive management system. It presents an approach to managing adaptively that is rooted in complexity analysis and program theory. It draws on Pact’s globa...

Remote, Innovative, and Meaningful: Facilitating Stakeholder Engagement During COVID-19

Jan 25,2021
By: Kamweti Mutu and Katherine Connolly
Read the full, original blog post here.Bringing together diverse stakeholders is never simple, and doing so during a global public health crisis presents additional challenges. However, the USAID-funded Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa project (Natural Capital) has been identifying creative and adaptive approaches to solve such...

Rhetoric or Redundant? Making the Most of Adaptive Management

Jan 25,2021
By: Alysson Akiko Oakley
Making the Most of Adaptive Management in International Development“Adaptive management” has become one of those pieces of jargon dropped into international development program plans and proposals as an all-encompassing, sometimes throw-away term with little practical meaning. Yet we continue to use it. Why? Because while it often con...

Women Workers Respond

Jan 12,2021
By: Diana Wu
This story is part of CARE's Women Respond series, which is an initiative to learn from and amplify the direct perspectives, experiences and priorities shared by poor and working-class women facing COVID-19 across the geographies where CARE works.Migrant workers – those leaving their homes to find income through a range of work such as ...
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