As one of USAID’s larger investments in the New Partnership Initiative, NPI EXPAND has a mandate to promote learning and sharing of best and promising practices with other USAID implementing partners and the wider development community. NPI EXPAND will document lessons learned in all of the project’s result areas, but especially with respect to capacity strengthening of local organizations. Working in eight countries with over 30 local partners, NPI EXPAND will collect a wealth of experience and data as we assess capacity and performance, test different capacity strengthening strategies, and support local partners to become more sustainable and successful in realizing their missions. In addition, NPI EXPAND will develop, test, and share capacity strengthening activities and assessment tools with the wider capacity strengthening community.
NPI EXPAND has identified three priority learning questions to be answered throughout implementation of the project:
- What strategies for revenue generation and diversification work best for New and Underutilized Partners (NUPs), and under what conditions?
- What capacity strengthening activities contribute most to improved performance and/or outcomes of NUPs?
- To what extent does the adoption of the minimum 10% rate for overhead improve management capacity and resource diversification?
These questions will be answered through documentation of project activities, key informant interviews, organizational assessments, and qualitative feedback mechanisms.
In addition to these learning questions, NPI EXPAND documents and shares operational lessons learned on a continuous basis. For example, NPI EXPAND has made extensive use of fixed amount awards with its local partners and through this experience, we developed some practical do’s and don’ts to ensure successful execution of grants. These were shared in a webinar during Year 1.
NPI EXPAND will use a variety of channels to share knowledge and catalyze dialogue among our local partners and other organizations working in local organization capacity strengthening. In addition to our website and social media, NPI EXPAND will organize webinars, peer exchanges, working groups and seminars. NPI EXPAND expects to produce several primers, case studies, and lessons learned documents that will be vetted and shared widely.
NPI EXPAND welcomes contributions to our website in the form of blogs, announcements, success stories or other ideas that are related to our mission. We hope our communications and activities will catalyze learning and dialogue on these important topics. Feel free to send us your contributions via the “Contact Us” page.