Blog: Why Learning from Failure is Key to Anticipating Humanitarian Crises

In humanitarian contexts, decision-makers must often rely on various sources of data that may be incomplete or at odds, which affects the calculation of risk, and accordingly, resource prioritization and programmatic decisions. In efforts to cultivate an environment for iterative learning and move us away from “success” and “failure” thinking, …

Blog: Leading with Trust: A Development Pathway

Strategic and intentional collaboration among actors across and outside of the humanitarian sphere, based on an understanding of actors’ capacities and leverage points, is vital to achieving collective protection outcomes. Collaboration between stakeholders requires a level of trust between actors and individuals, which can be challenging to forge in the …

Blog: CLA in Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Tanzania

This blog piece features USAID- partner Pact’s collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) initiative for designing a multi-stakeholder learning agenda in their orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) portfolio in Tanzania. Since the project began in July 2016, the Pact team has been keen to develop and implement a learning agenda to …

Blog: Humanitarian Action: From Need to Insight

ERHLA, Mark Griffiths, 23 August 2017 This note from ERHLA provokes considerations for changing humanitarian practice to be better equipped for facing complex challenges and the changing landscape of humanitarian needs. The note highlights the need to absorb and apply learnings from other fields and disciplines, including social innovation, learning …

Blog: How Change Happens (or doesn’t) in the Humanitarian System

Blog: How Change Happens (or doesn’t) in the Humanitarian System Duncan Green, February 2017  This blog reflects on the paper written by Paul Knox Clarke and proposes some gaps in the analysis and areas for further enquiry. The post appreciates Knox Clarke’s challenge to conventional models of change and the introduction …

The Importance of Champions: A Change Management Manifesto

Underscoring any approach to collaborating, learning, and adapting are the people who make it happen. For our part, where we have been able to identify and build on results-based approaches to protection, has been where an individual, organization, or set of individuals/organizations are willing and proactively seeking to implement these …

Blog Series: USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Framework

This blog series through USAID’s Learning Lab explores the components of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework, including: 1) organizational culture, 2) effective learning, 3) resources for CLA integration, 4) effective collaboration, 5) supportive processes, and 6) adaptive management. While the work of the Learning Lab primarily focuses on …

When protecting civilians in humanitarian crises, how do we measure success?

This article as part of the openDemocracy blog series on Evaluation and Human Rights highlights Oxfam’s protection programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), its engagement of Community Protection Committees to identify and address threats and measure milestones of change. This underscores the criticality of starting with the …