A CDCS is a five-year strategy at the country level that reflects USAID collaboration with other agencies to formulate country development cooperation strategies that are results-oriented and foster partnering with host countries to focus investment in key areas that shape countries' overall stability and prosperity.
Evidence-based planning and continuous learning are key precepts of USAID FORWARD, USAID's ambitious reform program for transforming USAID into a modern development enterprise. This section of the kit is designed to help you develop the M&E and learning related aspects of a CDCS. The section is divided into seven segments, as listed in the menu below. Several key subtopics and tools found in this section are also highlighted in this menu. You can go through this section sequentially, by using the forward arrow at the bottom of each page, or you can jump directly to topics that interest you. The Program Cycle menu at the top of this page and the Sitemap provide even more detailed views of the coverage of this section, should you wish to consult them.
|Learning from Experience|
|Strategy and Results Framework|
|Trade Hierarchy of Results (Results Framework Template)|
|CDCS Critical Assumptions Template|
|Performance Monitoring Indicators|
|CDCS Performance Indicators and Baseline Template (Optional)|
|Anticipating Evaluation Needs|
|CDCS Evaluation Questions Template|
|CDCS Learning Approach|
|CDCS Performance Management Budget|
|Performance Management Budget Template|
Policy input for a CDCS that includes a trade focus comes from USAID's Policy Framework 2011-2015; its 2008 economic growth strategy, Securing the Future; and its 2003 strategy paper, Building Trade Capacity in the Developing World.