Capacity Building

March 28, 2017

The sound of a helicopter chop fills the room. The participants rush to the window of the hotel-meeting-turned-class-room to see who has arrived. They quickly realize it’s just the First Lady of Kenya dropping by to ensure that all is ready for the art exhibition being held at the hotel that evening. This is one of many unexpected and exciting moments that can happen during an overseas delivery of the USAID Programming Foreign Assistance course.

As exciting as a visit from the First Lady can be, the real power of the course is what happens in the classroom. Two facilitators guide approximately 25 USAID staff from missions around the world through five days of learning all about USAID systems and processes. Between the facilitators’ development experience and the participants’...

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May 16, 2016
Children in Myanmar playing with a tablet.

Co-written with Jaime L. Jarvis

How do project implementers design an intervention in a dynamic environment, when they don’t know how beneficiaries will respond? And how do evaluators design a flexible process to get decision-makers the information they need, when the theory of change is participant-driven and activities involve substantial grassroots initiative? One recent EnCompass evaluation explores these questions—with exciting results.

Isolated for decades, Myanmar (Burma) is in the midst of a political and economic transition. As part of that transition, the Internet is opening the doors to uncensored information for the first time—with incredible speed.

The change is visible in Myanmar’s...

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April 13, 2015
Biomarker specialists visit a Ugandan laboratory as an experiential activity.

Note: This post was originally published by The DHS Program.

In January, 2015, 11 biomarker specialists from eight countries met in Uganda to participate in the first-ever South-to-South DHS Program Biomarker Workshop. Participants all had previous experience with DHS surveys, either as consultants or as in-country staff. The objectives of the training were to emphasize mastery of technical biomarker content and training materials, strengthen consultants training and facilitation skills, and to pilot test the newly designed DHS Program Biomarker Curriculum. Ultimately, it is hoped that many of the participants from...

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