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The Integrating Local Capacity Development (LCD) in Research Design and Implementation course is designed for research proposal applicants. The free course will inform applicants about recent trends at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems in relation to LCD efforts. Participants will receive a brief overview of capacity development approaches and possible activities, and what to consider when integrating LCD as a cross-cutting theme in their proposals. The course is ideal for those interested in integrating LCD from the project design phase through implementation and closure. The course is modularized and can be watched multiple times independent of the quiz. Completion of the course is required to apply for the Request for Applications (RFA) if LCD has been chosen as a cross-cutting theme. The length of the course with quiz is about 45 min. After taking the quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion.
In Phase 2 (2020-2025), we will be moving from what we call Capacity 1.0 that focuses on particular types of technical and soft skills, such as lab management, statistical analysis, teaching, communication skills, etc. to Capacity 2.0. USAID’s forthcoming approach to local capacity development (LCD) argues that every organization has a system which needs to be appreciated. Previous efforts often focused on improving an organization’s ability to manage USAID projects and directives and less on strengthening system capacity. Capacity 2.0, then, is a combination of Capacity 1.0 focused on management, governance, strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning, plus collaboration and creating social value through organizational and institutional strengthening. Going forward, our focus will be on capabilities of various livestock research organizations (collective ability) and competencies (of individuals within the broader research organization system) and apply LCD systems-wide approaches to engage policy and key decision makers to support and sustain changes in the system.
The priorities in Phase 2 will focus on:
Our LCD activities involve three interrelated processes, based on the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) toolkit:
The HICD team is led by Dr. Sandra Russo and Dr. Nargiza Ludgate from the University of Florida’s Office for Global Research Engagement.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (click for Home page) is part of Feed the Future
This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.