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Adapting is an intentional approach to reflecting on learning, and making decisions and iterative adjustments in response to new information and changes in context.

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Taking the time to pause and reflect is essential to CLA.
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Working Outside of the Box: Adapting a Health Program to Become Market-Aware

Dec 18,2019
By: Ashleigh Mullinax and Ann Wahinya
Global Communities' Kenya DREAMS project was an unlikely candidate to attend the 2018 SEEP-supported workshop on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery (MERS). Firstly, DREAMS is typically categorized as a "health" project since its ultimate project goal is to reduce the prevalence of HIV infections in adolescent girls in Kenya. Secondly...
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Where’s the Meat - Ask Women, Youth, and Your Staff for the Answer

Dec 18,2019
By: Muhammad Nuruzzaman and Nurul Amin Siddiquee
The USAID/Bangladesh “Feed the Future Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition (LPIN) Activity” utilized Collaborating – Learning – and Adapting (CLA) from start to finish. The activity began by drafting a CLA Plan, and used CLA to make decisions, collaborate with communities and activity staff to identify problems and develop ...
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Water for Life: Using CLA to Transform a WASH System into a Self-Reliant Apparatus

Dec 17,2019
By: M. Jackson-deGraffenried
In the remote, highland areas of Bandarban District in southeastern Bangladesh, home to a dozen distinct ethnic groups, the USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity, Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience and Gender Equity (SAPLING), has been working with the Government of Bangladesh ...
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Walking the Talk: Standards for Technical Excellence to Improve HIV Services in Nigeria

Dec 17,2019
By: Sarah Ranney
The Care and Treatment for Sustained Support (CaTSS) Project, funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), aims to sustain HIV and TB care and treatment services in five states in Nigeria. In October 2017, the CaTSS team found themselves tasked w...
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Using CLA to Promote Transparency with Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination

Dec 17,2019
By: Paula Barragan and Randal Thompson
The USAID El Salvador Government Integrity Project (GIP), promotes the application of the Institutional Integrity Model (IIM) to create organizational cultures based on workers’ ethical performance as well as ethical institutional procedures especially designed to foster equality and transparency and reduce corruption. The IIM helps ins...
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Transforming Communities and Staff One Latrine at a Time in Rural Angola

Dec 17,2019
By: Idris Baubeng & Paulo Manuel
Since 2016, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Igreja Evangélica Anglicana em Angola have been implementing Maza yi Moyo, a four-year community-led and managed project to improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in Songo Municipality, Uige Province. Officially, the project seeks to strengthen communi...
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Theory of Change as a Tool to Achieve Greater Self Reliance in Bangladesh

Dec 17,2019
By: Saeqah Kabir
Nobo Jatra-New Beginning’ - a five year Development Food Security Activity - seeks to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience in southwest Bangladesh. World Vision Bangladesh, together with the World Food Programme and Winrock International and 3 local partner NGOs, undertook the project in September 2015, integ...
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The Safe Charity Campaign: Leveraging CLA to Counter Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Dec 17,2019
By: Jared Berenter
This case draws on lessons learned from the USAID/Pakistan Community Resilience Office’s (CRO’s) “safe charity” campaign to highlight ways in which USAID and its partners can leverage CLA to improve the performance of countering violent extremism (CVE) programming. The safe charity campaign, implemented by Development Alternatives...
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Strengthening Kenya's TVET Capacity through Learning and Adaptation

Dec 17,2019
By: Ehud Gachugu and Sarah Mattingly
Youth unemployment and underemployment is a major development challenge around the world and particularly in Kenya which has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment globally. This case explores the CLA approach of Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES), a five-year program funded by USAID that enhances employment opportu...
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