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The Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility - Efficiently Delivering Technical Acceleration Services to Innovators

Nikki deBaroncelli

Overarching Challenge: An innovation in the water sector, the SWFF TA Facility needed to ensure that we: 1) use industry-best and -next practices, including the collaborating, learning, and adapting framework, to help us to meet our overarching challenge of “doing international development differently” and delivering on our “We execute!” mission statement; and 2) provide acceleration services that would improve the innovators’ effectiveness, organizational capacity, and end-user impact.

Approach: Using the CLA framework to guide our operations, we positioned the TA Facility and its ecosystem stakeholders to accelerate results and solutions to the problems that impact economic livelihoods, improve food security, promote sustainability, and alleviate poverty. Our case study focuses on how we used adaptive management, scenario planning, continuous learning and improvement, relationships and networks, and external collaboration to position the organization to influence quality of service and drive our ability to achieve results.

Outcomes: Project performance, learning, and adaptation is directly influenced by a results-driven culture and high-performing team; clearly-defined success metrics; the ability to pivot, experiment, and fail; a refined capacity to deliver on-demand; and targeted acceleration services.

Note: This year's case competition entry form included a new question about whether or not the highlighted CLA approach(es) contribute to a country’s Journey to Self-Reliance.The response to this question was not scored as part of the judging process.