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Participant Agenda for GROOVE Kick-Off Meeting


On August 4-6, 2009, the New Partners in Value Chain Learning Network (later renamed to the GROOVE Learning Network) held a kick-off meeting in Washington, DC. This is the final participant agenda that was shared with all event participants. This example agenda can be useful to others who are working on learning network, specifically during the "Launch" phase.

USAID awarded the GROOVE Learning Network grant in June 2009 in an effort to support a growing cadre of non-governmental organization (NGO) and private voluntary organization (PVO) partners who are dedicated to improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of value chain development in collaboration with USAID and other major donors. Through a competitive selection process, four grantee organizations (CARE, CHF International, Conservation International and Practical Action) were selected on the strength of their proposals, specifically the unique perspectives they brought towards integrating the value chain development approach into their programming. The grant activities were implemented over a three-year period, with grants managed by USAID’s Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project in partnership with USAID’s microenterprise development team.

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