USAID's Bite-Sized Learning Series
Join Us for Bite-Sized Learning Session 2!
USAID’s Bureau of Planning, Learning, and Resource Management is pleased to invite you to its second CLA Case Competition Bite-Sized Learning webinar on February 28: Alphabet Soup for the Soul: DEIA and CLA.
The event will take place on February 28, 2024, and feature opening remarks from Neneh Diallo, USAID’s Chief Diversity Officer, and head of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in USAID’s Office of the Administrator. Join us as we unpack the question: How does the use of CLA by USAID staff, implementing partners, and other development practitioners advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in their contexts?
What is the Bite-Sized Learning Series?
A public event series, led by the Bureau of Planning, Learning, and Resource Management (PLR), draws lessons from the most recent of the 600+ Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition submissions now on USAID Learning Lab. Called Bite-Sized Learning, the series explores insights from across cases in applying CLA to tackle pressing development challenges.
The event series offers candid perspectives from development professionals within and beyond the Agency, as well as tangible tips and tools for applying CLA in your work. The series is open to USAID and its partners. We hope you will join us!
On November 7, 2023, USAID’s Bureau of Planning, Learning, and Resource Management hosted Session 1 of the 2023-2024 Bite-Sized Learning Series: Operationalizing Localization through Collabrating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA). The session featured opening remarks from USAID’s Senior Advisor for Localization, Sarah Rose (see Sarah's reflection on the event here); as well as input from members of Agency implementing partners, Global Communities and The Institute for Development Impact (I4DI). During the session, participants watched this video, which can be seen below, and which zooms in on winning cases from the 2022 CLA Case Competition as a means to explore the links between CLA and localization. Then, in the Q&A session that followed, panelists and participants unpacked the question: How can USAID staff, implementing partners, and other development practitioners use CLA to advance localization in their contexts? Watch the session recording and download the event slides here.
The ongoing Bite-Sized Learning series offers candid perspectives from development professionals within and beyond the Agency, as well as tangible tips and tools for applying CLA to tackle pressing development challenges. The series, which builds upon insights from the 600+ Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition submissions on Learning Lab, is open to USAID and its partners. We hope you will continue to join us! To that end, keep an eye out for the following upcoming invites:
Early 2024: DEIA and CLA: Alphabet Soup for the Soul
May 2024: CLA Paves the Way…for Evidence Capture and Use
July 2024: CLA Saves the Day: Successful Activity Redesigns and Pivots
USAID’s Senior Advisor for Localization
Sarah Rose is the Senior Advisor for Localization in the Office of the USAID Administrator. Prior to coming to USAID, she was a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where her research focused on US development policy and aid effectiveness, including localization. Previously, Sarah was a monitoring and evaluation specialist in the health office of the USAID Mission in Mozambique. She also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in the Department of Policy and Evaluation.
Youth Assistant & Local Works Coordinator, USAID/Timor-Leste
Domini Coelho joined USAID/Timor-Leste in February 2018 as a Financial Analyst, but has recently moved to the General Development Office as a Youth Assistant. Additionally, she leads the Local Works fund, and is an active participant in the LGBTQI+ Core team at USAID/Timor Leste. Ms. Coelho, herself, was an active youth leader, having had many opportunities in her community to contribute to her country’s independence. Ms. Coelho has experienced first hand the power of effective youth programming, and has also carried her knowledge and expertise to other Timorese youth, who will be future leaders of Timor Leste. Ms. Coelho has a Bachelor’s in Animal Husbandry from Universitas Diponegoro in Indonesia and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the Institute of Business, Timor-Leste.
Co-Lead, Mission Support Team for Local Works program in USAID's Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships Hub, Saliense Consulting
Helen Moser is Co-Lead of the Mission Support Team for the Local Works program in USAID's Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships Hub through Saliense Consulting. Helen supports a team of specialists working with USAID Missions to advance locally led development through innovative approaches such as listening, systems analysis, and co-creation. Helen focuses on supporting Missions in the Asia region and has served as a point of contact for the USAID/Timor-Leste Local Works program since 2019. Helen has twelve years of international development experience and is a published author on applied innovation for international development, cross-sector collaboration, public-private partnerships, and women’s economic empowerment. She holds a Master’s degree in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Director of Research and Programs, Institute for Development Impact
Ms. Issac is an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (MEL) professional with expertise in project management, evaluation research, MEL planning, and the execution of contracts and grants. As the MEL technical lead on I4DI’s private sector portfolio, Ms. Issac aids in the development and subsequent implementation of Activity work plans and MEL Plans, ensures project activities adhere to various contractual and MEL requirements, and provides knowledge management support and oversight to field-based teams. Her extensive project and MEL management experience spans sectors including workforce development, climate adaptation, agriculture, organizational capacity building, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in various countries including India, Indonesia, Ghana, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and others.
Relebohile Constance Faatse
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director, Global Communities
Relebohile Constance Faatse (formerly Mathabo Pule) is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for Global Communities. Based in Gaborone, Botswana, Relebohile has 18 years experience in program management, and has provided M&E leadership to highly successful and complex health, youth, agriculture, SRH, OVC, livelihood, and HIV and gender programs in various countries. Relebohile holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Free State in South Africa and a Post-Graduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Suffolk. Currently, Relebohile is working toward a Master of Science in International Public Health with the Liverpool John Moores University.
Dr. Lauren Hinthorne
Organizational Learning Advisor, USAID Bureau of Planning, Learning, and Resource Management
Dr. Lauren Hinthorne has spent the past 15 years working at the intersection of organizational learning, participatory methodology and change leadership. She first joined USAID's CLA team in 2015, took a brief hiatus to become Director of Research & Evaluation at a US non-profit, and then came back to the CLA team in 2018. She is particularly interested in how we can use participatory approaches to keep Program Cycle processes useful and relevant. Dr. Hinthorne holds a BA, Hons. from Gonzaga University and received both her MA and PhD from the University of York (UK).