Applying Blended Finance to Support the Conversion to Clean Cooking

Haiti’s trees and environment are the country’s natural capital. However, increasing population, migration to urban areas, worsening poverty, and lack of coherent national agricultural or energy policy has accelerated deforestation, severely limiting livelihood options for Haitian farmers. Increasingly, farmers depend on producing charcoal to rapidly growing urban areas to make ends meet, but inhaling smoke…

Lessons Learned on Scaling Aflasafe Through Commercialization in Sub-Saharan Africa

This strategic brief is an overview of lessons learned on scaling Aflasafe through commercialization in sub-Saharan Africa. The resource describes that challenges to scale-up include low awareness, inadequate market incentives, and poorly enforced policies. It also gives an overview of the five-phase “science to scale” process, and how this was implemented in-country. Finally, the brief…

Our Journey from Incubation to Market: Status of Aflasafe Commercialization in Africa

Aflasafe requires an innovative approach for technology transfer and commercialization. This brief reviews the five steps to Aflasafe’s commercialization, provides an overview of country progress, and describes where Aflasafe has successfully been commercialized on the African continent as of November 2019. The brief also discusses challenges encountered, lessons learned, and next steps for Aflasafe expansion…

Preventing Violence Through Community Justice: A Study on the Relationship Between Community Justice Models and Violence Prevention

Community justice projects primarily seek to improve and provide local communities with catered access to justice services. This includes legal assistance, developing community-level institutions, and outreach efforts to improve community-justice sector relations. Common desired outcomes of community justice programs include faster case adjudication, improved accountability, and improved trust between the justice sector and the community.…

Mapping Success in Cameroon – Effective Distribution of Seasonal Malaria Commodities

Reducing morbidity and mortality caused by malaria remains a major challenge for the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health. In Cameroon, health data is frequently incomplete or arrives at the district level very late. Additionally, there are also difficulties with storage, inventory, and transportation from regional to health facility levels. GHSC-PSM supported the country’s National Malaria…

Testing an Approach to Distance Professional Development in Senegal

In July 2020, the USAID Lecture Pour Tous program supported Senegal’s Ministry of Education to pilot a distance learning approach to providing continuous professional development (CPD) to early grade reading educators. The pilot assessed the feasibility and applicability of self-guided distance professional development for teachers, coaches, and school inspectors, that could be used on a…

Early Grade Reading Achievement and Context in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Findings and Recommendations

ACCELERE!1 A!1 improves educational outcomes for girls and boys through improved teaching and learning in national languages (Kiswahili, Ciluba, Lingala) and French, reducing barriers to education, and increasing transparency of school governance structures. In support of the GDRC’s effort to improve education access and quality, in 2015 USAID and UKAID launched the US$133 million ACCELERE!1…

Book Supply Chain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This technical brief presents the technical and logistical challenges encountered by the ACCELERE!1 project during planning, forecasting, title development, publishing, printing, procuring, and distributing training and learning materials to Congolese students, teachers, directors, and inspectors and provides recommendations for future implementers on keys to a successful teaching and learning materials supply chain in DRC.

Measuring the Adoption of Nutrition and Sanitation Practices for Sustained Behavior Change

The USAID Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA), which aims to raise incomes by engaging rural women directly in agricultural productivity while also boosting awareness of better nutrition and sanitation behaviors, has integrated learning and continuous improvement in its standard operations. By embedding a sense of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) practices…

Low-Cost Private Schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This technical brief presents the background on the emerging picture of Low-Cost Private Schools (LCPS) in low-income countries, and the DRC in particular. It also provides an overview of the lessons learned from the USAID- and UK Aid-funded ACCELERE!1 project about non-state schools in the DRC. It finally presents recommendations for implementing partners who will be working…

Keeping Vulnerable Children in School – Evidence of a Successful Community Savings Model

The ACCELERE!1 (A!1) project improved educational outcomes for girls and boys through enhanced teaching in national languages and French, reduced barriers to education, and increased transparency of school governance structures. This was accomplished by A!1’s income-generating activities and community savings groups approach, which helped parents secure a more affordable education for their children.