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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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Biodiversity Integration Case Study Competition

Apr 17,2019
By: E3 Office of Forestry and Biodiversity
USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) Office of Forestry and Biodiversity is now accepting submissions for a case study competition on biodiversity integration across USAID’s portfolio. Cases may include biodiversity programming with multiple sector outcomes, as well as other development programming with b...
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Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Reduces Non-Revenue Water in Uganda

Dec 12,2018
By: Anna Farmer
From 2014 through 2016, the USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project used a collaborative, learning and adapting (CLA) approach to improve access to water in Uganda. The Project supported The Uganda National Water and Sewerage Co...
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Not Business as Usual: Using CLA to Accelerate Progress for Family Planning in the Philippines

Dec 12,2018
By: Jose Juan A. Dela Rosa
In January 2017, the Philippine government issued a policy for attaining "zero unmet need" for family planning (FP). It directs the public health system to accelerate progress in FP service provision, especially among the poor by 2018 and the rest of the population by 2020.Six months into the campaign, regional program managers noted slow...

Getting it Right When Thinking and Working Politically: Gender and Inclusion Matter

Nov 27,2018
By: Sarah Swift
This is the second of four posts reflecting on the linkages between gender awareness and politically sensitive approaches to programming known as Thinking and Working Politically (TWP). Over the next 2 weeks, I will be posting two additional blogs. The first blog in this series addressed my personal epiphany regarding the potential for TW...
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An Openness to a New Approach Yields Big Benefits for USAID/Ghana Health Team

Nov 12,2018
By: Rebecca Fertziger
USAID/Ghana's Health Team is approaching a pivotal time in its planning process, with most of our bilateral health activities ending in 2019.  We decided to leverage the momentum generated by this significant portfolio turnover to review the current status of our key health indicators and progress made against targeted improvements.&...
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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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