Complex Problems Need Simple Solutions
This midterm evaluation for the PLE, a project that provides health, education, food security, and protection support to internally displaced persons inside Burma and displaced persons who have crossed the border into Thailand, focuses on the project's "convergence" approach. USAID has a long history of providing humanitarian assistance along the Thai-Burma border. PLE also operates within a strategic paradigm reflected in the idea of convergence. Convergence was defined as the need to “adapt to new opportunities to promote linkages and convergence between PLE and USAID/Burma’s existing strategies and program activities; between PLE’s ethnic social service providers and the Government of Myanmar, and community-based organization network inside Burma.”
This case study was submitted as part of USAID's CLA Case Competition, held in August 2015. This collection of examples illustrate the diversity of ways collaborating, learning, and adapting approaches are being operationalized in the field. To view more CLA cases like this one, visit the CLA Case Competition page.