Ahead of the pivotal COP28 in Dubai, the world faces a stark climate reality, underscored by 2023 being the hottest year on record. This trend, signaling a significant rise in Earth’s temperature since 1880, calls for urgent action. Pre-COP28 events, such as the Africa Climate Summit and Climate Week in New York, have set the stage by focusing on renewable energy, sustainable growth, and resilience. COP28 will explore finance, technology, and inclusion, addressing climate financing, loss and damage, and innovations like green hydrogen. The conference must also acknowledge the disproportionate impact of climate change on Indigenous communities and low-emission countries. Despite strides in renewable energy and policies like the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and the EU’s Green Deal, more integrated strategies are needed. COP28 presents an opportunity for global leaders to showcase their commitment to comprehensive climate action.
The infographic titled “Gender Pay Gap in the United States, September 18, 2023” by Andrea Pozderac and Azra K. Nurkic, sheds light on the persistent gender wage disparity in the U.S. In 2023, women earned 84.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, indicating a 15.5 cent gap. The infographic explores various factors contributing to this gap, such as occupational segregation, work experience, and educational attainment. It also highlights state-wise disparities, with Connecticut showing the smallest gap and Utah the largest. Additionally, it underscores the overrepresentation of women in lower-paying jobs and the challenges faced by women of color.
The USDA FFPr Exporting Quality Program undergoes a comprehensive evaluation in this document, highlighting its impact and efficacy from September 2015 to December 2021. Managed by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), this initiative strives to foster development and progress in the food sector. The Institute for Development Impact, with contributions from experts like Brian Foster, Molly Hageboeck, and Elizabeth Issac, has meticulously assessed the program’s trajectory, culminating in this final evaluation. The report delves into the program’s context, its alignment with desired outcomes, and offers insights into areas of improvement and success.
In today’s competitive business landscape, evidence-based decision-making is vital for the success and longevity of organizations. It allows companies to identify potential risks and opportunities, allocate resources efficiently, and adapt to changing market conditions. Compliance with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations and industry standards is crucial for mitigating legal and financial risks, and maintaining a loyal and growing customer base. Data analysis plays an essential role in informing business decision-making and ensuring adherence to these regulations and standards, which in turn impacts long-term business performance.
This article, written for the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) discusses the importance of harnessing data analysis for ESG compliance and sustainable business practices, developing learning agendas for effective ESG compliance management, and provides five illustrative learning questions that can be used to guide ESG and sustainable performance data analysis.
I4DI, in collaboration with USAID and Gap Inc, our partners on the Women + Water Alliance, won USAID’s 2022 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition. This resource details our submission to that competition, including how we applied CLA best practices to improve and sustain the health and wellbeing of women and communities touched by the apparel industry in India, as well as to empower women to become change agents for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) management in their communities. As a result of our CLA efforts, the number of people empowered to improve their access to drinking water and sanitation through the Women and Water Alliance increased from just under 70,000 to more than 900,000, and ultimately reached more than 2 million people by the end of the activity.
This Activity MEL Plan webinar is a one-hour asynchronous learning activity to provide staff in the USAID Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS) with guidance and real-world examples on how to develop, review, and otherwise ensure activities have strong Activity MEL Plans. The webinar is time-stamped to enable users to quickly and efficiently navigate through the webinar to desired sections. Topics include:
Introduction and Overview
Beneficiary Feedback Plan
Roles and Responsibilities
Schedule of Activity MEL Tasks
Tips for Reviewing Activity MEL Plans
Performance indicators are pivotal for the successful implementation, adaptive management, and optimization of development programs. This guidance note, a part of the RFS Good Practice MEL Notes series, underscores the significance of these indicators in line with USAID’s requirements for Activity MEL Plans. It emphasizes the inclusion of at least one performance indicator for each outcome in an activity’s logic model. Special attention is given to gender equality and female empowerment indicators. This document serves as a beacon for understanding the diverse types of indicators and their integration into the developmental framework.
Performance indicators and their targets play a critical role in successful implementation, adaptive management, and maximizing performance of development programs. A target is defined by USAID as “a specific, planned level of a result to be achieved within a specific timeframe with a given level of resources.” This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note walks readers through RFS good practice examples to facilitate better target setting during the Activity MEL Plan development process and activity implementation. It also provides some guidance on how to adjust targets during implementation and helpful tips for setting performance indicator targets.
Performance indicators play a critical role in monitoring activity performance and understanding what results are achieved. In essence, Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) are worksheets that define indicators and ensure that they generate consistent, high quality data across portfolios. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note describes how to develop or review PIRS for Activity MEL Plans and highlights several RFS good practice examples. Annex A annotates the links between a standard and an activity PIRS. Annex B provides tips for A/CORs for reviewing PIRS.
An evaluation Statement of Work (SOW) clarifies the expectations for how an evaluation will be designed and conducted in much the same way that an activity’s scope of work dictates how an activity must be designed and implemented. The developer of an evaluation SOW is in many regards the architect of the evaluation itself. The more detailed and accurate the SOW the
more likely that the evaluation will generate useful and high quality findings, conclusions, and recommendations. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides an overview of the components of a good evaluation SOW, important tips when developing or peer-reviewing
evaluation SOWs, as well as an annotated example of a good evaluation SOW to show the reader how specific good practices were applied effectively in an actual RFS evaluation SOW.
Performance indicators play a critical role in monitoring activity performance and
understanding its results. Disaggregating data – or separating it into subgroups – allows
users to understand nuances or trends within the data. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides USAID staff and partners with specific guidance on Agency required disaggregations such as sex dissagregations, as well as good practices and helpful tips to consider when determining which disaggregates to use and how to apply them.
USAID policy requires baseline data for each of their performance monitoring indicators, but USAID staff and partners often struggle to determine the most appropriate baseline and the best mechanism to establish that baseline. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides USAID staff and partners with specific guidance on what good baselines look like and how to establish them. It walks the user through several common baseline setting scenarios, including examples from RFS-funded activities, as well as helpful tips for establishing performance indicator baselines.