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Strategic planning is the process by which USAID defines its objectives in a country or region to maximize the impact of the Agency’s development work. This process requires cooperation with partner governments, other donors and the interagency. USAID strategic planning advances U.S. foreign policy and development priorities and ensures the strategic use of resources.

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Stakeholder and Social Network Analysis Guidance Note

Oct 04,2019
By: Learning Lab
Stakeholder Analysis is used to identify the actors and relationships that influence project outcomes. This guidance, from IRC, can help you determine how to work and who to partner, coordinate or engage with in order to best achieve the outcome. It builds on existing stakeholder information and typically will include a participatory inte...
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Implementing Partner Update: CDCS Development and the Journey to Self-Reliance

Jul 28,2019
By: Learning Lab
USAID’s Office of Strategic and Program Planning (SPP) in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) has prepared a Partner Update video on USAID’s new, streamlined approach to the development of Country Development and Cooperation Strategies (CDCSs) with Self-Reliance as a prominent theme.While we know that many of you have p...
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CLA and the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) in CDCS Planning and Development

Jul 02,2019
By: Learning Lab
USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) principles and approaches help staff and partners to work more effectively with local actors, country partners, and others to generate and share learning that can be used to inform strategic choices and programming decisions in a Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDC...
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Enabling Context-Driven Adaptation in Strategies

Apr 08,2019
By: djacobstein
This resource, part of the context-driven adaptation collection (see https://usaidlearninglab.org/context-driven-adaptation-overview), provides tips on how to enable context-driven adaptation, or thinking and working politically (TWP), within a USAID strategy. It also relates TWP to the journey to self-reliance. As such, it is a usef...
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The National Contraceptive Security Commission in Guatemala Addresses Political and Operational Challenges through Collaborating, Learning, Adapting, and Transforming

Dec 11,2018
By: Marisela de la Cruz
The National Contraceptive Security Commission (CNAA) in Guatemala was established to ensure the availability of contraceptives and to guarantee the population's access to family planning. Representatives of public organizations, civil society, and trade associations participate in the group, however, the integration of representatives fr...
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Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Sep 18,2018
By: jenromba
A table of participatory facilitation techniques with descriptions and additional resource links.
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1+1>2: Increasing Impact Through a Regional Development Initiative in Uganda

Sep 03,2018
By: Jordan Rief
USAID/Uganda set out to 'do business differently' with the introduction of their latest Country Development Cooperation Strategy. Part of this philosophy involves looking at problems from a different perspective, and not being afraid to try something new. The proliferation of districts in Uganda creates a unique development challenge in t...
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USAID CDCS Mid Course Stocktaking: What We've Learned So Far & How To Get Started

Jul 17,2018
By: jenromba
CDCS mid-course stocktaking has emerged as one approach to assessing ongoing strategy and program implementation, particularly in light of contextual changes and emerging lessons. It provides an opportunity for the mission to periodically -- and intentionally -- revalidate its strategic approach, revisit core assumptions, and adapt implem...
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Vulnerability to Resilience: A Training Module

Jul 11,2018
By: Anna Snider
We tend to think about poor people in a one-dimensional way (poor people are poor because they don’t have money), which results in program interventions that address only the financial needs of people but do not improve their resilience. This lesson encourages reflection about one’s own assets, both tangible and intangible, and the vu...
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