The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to incorporate more “ex-post” evaluations into its program cycle and take steps to change the calculus around risk so field staff have more “latitude” to invest in local systems, according to the agency’s policy planning leadership.
Alex Thier, USAID assistant to the administrator in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, told Devex the framework is meant to help answer the question: “How do we think about the entirety of our development budget as being one that fundamentally supports the development and strengthening of local systems?”
More “ex-post” evaluations — which are meant to determine the impact of a project after it is completed, sometimes years later — and a new risk tolerance mindset among agency staff are needed to design and implement projects according to this framework, Thier and other USAID officials involved in the effort suggested.
Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.
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