This case example provides insight into how Mercy Corps, Uganda implements collaboration, learning, and adaptation in practice. In particular, the blog focuses on Openness, a subcomponent of the CLA matrix.
In this example, learning and adaptation are made possible through an investment in building a collaborative, inquisitive team and promoting a culture of open communication:
· Leadership modeled coaching and mentoring approaches, which are reinforced by a culture of open communication and exchange.
Good leadership sits at the center of many of [Revitalizing Agriculture Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program] RAIN’s successes. Investments in building a collaborative, inquisitive team and promoting a culture of open communication made it possible to learn and adapt.Melaku Yirga
· The culture of open communication and exchange built trust, helped team members feel valued, improved information sharing, and supported program shifts – particularly in grounding decisions with important information that is often only in people’s heads or shared anecdotally.
The norms around coaching and inquisitiveness were reinforced by a culture of open communication and exchange.Melaku Yirga
· This approach was intentional on the part of Mercy Corps country and program leadership in finding and fostering inquisitive candidates, and modelling open behaviors (including an openness for critiques, accessibility, and maintaining less hierarchical structure); additionally Mercy Corps’ approach as a global learning organization puts emphasis on applying adaptive management principles across contexts.
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