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Project Design & Implementation

A "project" refers to a set of complementary implementing mechanisms or "activities," over an established timeline and budget, intended to achieve a discrete development result, that is often aligned with an intermediate result in a country development cooperation strategy (CDCS). Project design is the process by which USAID defines how it will operationalize a result or set of results in a CDCS or other strategic framework to ensure efforts are aligned. Project implementation refers to an ongoing process in which USAID staff work collaboratively to ensure that activities taken together are achieving the intended project outcomes.

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The Use of Political Economy Analysis in Health System Strengthening

Oct 02,2018
By: Carmen Lane and Daniel Martinko
There is a growing recognition that political economy analysis (PEA) is an essential aspect of external donor assistance to complex health reform processes. USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (2015–2019), for example, recognizes that “broad political economy issues often drive health systems organization, priorities, an...
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Tips for Finding Unusual Allies and Building Innovative Alliances

Sep 21,2018
By: David Jacobstein
These are practical tips to help develop broad coalitions for change and diverse stakeholder engagement, identifying allies beyond those already seized with an issue, and finding ways to collaborate with stakeholders who may have different reasons for joining a coalition
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Start-up Guidance for USAID Biodiversity Activities

Sep 20,2018
By: Marco Flores
These short documents, generated by the USAID Forestry and Biodiversity Office and its Measuring Impact initiative, provide a simple reference for USAID activity managers, and implementing partners to organize an efficient Activity Start-up phase, with an emphasis on theory of change centered programming, evidence generating pra...
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Refocusing an Economic Growth Strategy through CLA

Sep 03,2018
By: William Butterfield & Carine Khoury
The USAID Mission in Lebanon needed to rethink and redesign its strategic approach to its Economic Growth (EG) program, particularly because Lebanon is facing a “jobs crisis” that is threatening its stability.   In order to better achieve our Development Objectives, the Mission decided to consolidate each of the activities u...
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Road Map for Collaboration: Addressing Health & Nutrition Disparities Across Rwanda

Aug 17,2018
By: Mary de Boer
This case details internal and external collaboration in the Community Health and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) Project (2014-2019) implemented in Rwanda. CHAIN is a multi-sectoral nutrition project designed to address health and nutrition disparities that affect Rwandans. CHAIN developed a project management team (PMT) to facilitate collabo...
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Vulnerability to Resilience: A Training Module

Jul 11,2018
By: Anna Snider
We tend to think about poor people in a one-dimensional way (poor people are poor because they don’t have money), which results in program interventions that address only the financial needs of people but do not improve their resilience. This lesson encourages reflection about one’s own assets, both tangible and intangible, and the vu...

Winning USAID Contracts Workshop

Jul 02,2018
By: cdodonnell
USAID Training: Winning USAID Contracts Workshop. The three-day workshop will cover all critical steps of winning a USAID contract: budget, research, preparation, field assessment, milestones, technical and cost proposals and discussions.  Relevant FAR and AIDAR clauses for technical proposals, cost proposals and evaluations will be ...
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Applied Political Economy Analysis (PEA): Reference Materials

Jun 01,2018
By: sswift
These materials are intended to provide some ideas on possible ways to structure documents and processes associated with conducting Applied Political Economy Analysis, including:a sample statement of worknote-taking and analysis  templatesan illustrative report outlinean interview guideexamples of reports (Ukraine  and Madagasca...
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Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) through Applied Political Economy Analysis (PEA): Core Resource Documents

Jun 01,2018
By: Sarah Swift
Thinking and Working Politically: A Guide for Practitioners provides an overview of the process and methodology for applied PEA in use within USAID, and guidance on how PEA can support a broader effort around politically-informed programming. This group of resource documents is intended to accompany the Guide, in helping to...
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