USAID Self-Reliance Learning Agenda

Funded by: USAID Date Range: 2019 - 2020 Project Lead: Pulte Institute

Self-Reliance is a country’s ability to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development challenges. For countries to achieve this goal, policy-makers and implementers alike will need to understand how to best design and implement policies and programs, foster relationships, and build capacities that support countries on their journeys to self-reliance.

The Self-Reliance Learning Agenda (SRLA) is both a process and a set of products. It generates, collects, synthesizes, and disseminates evidence and learning, and facilitates their use to inform USAID’s policies, programs and operations.  Complementary work streams build a base of evidence and practice to support USAID’s self-reliance approach.

USAID wants to understand its contribution to countries’ progress on their journeys to self-reliance at the local, sub-national, national, and regional levels. However, before we can measure this contribution to capacity and commitment, USAID first needs to: 

  • understand how local actors define and understand capacity and commitment; and
  • know how local actors, community groups, and other donors are already measuring capacity and commitment.

In this project, the Pulte Institute will conduct research that advances USAID and its user groups’ ability to provide an evidence-based to support journey to self-reliance via methodologies and metrics to help expand and deepen the understanding of how local communities (and other sub-national groups and individuals) define their own goals, and how they view partnerships, progress, development, self-reliance, and evidence. 


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