We are kicking off a review of 2014, to reflect on our accomplishments and other significant milestones. From project successes, to the creation of compelling infographics, even to the move to our new office in Crystal City, we had an eventful 2014. So, join us as we look back to focus on some of the things that made the last year so momentous. Follow this page, as we will continuously update it with new material. #MSI2014
Day 4: Continuing our Partnership in Iraq
Since 2006, we’ve worked hand in hand with Iraqis to help them chart a brighter future. Our project, Tarabot, supports Iraq’s administrative development and civil service, from public policy development and reform to new governance methods. The National Development Plan (NDP) 2013-2017 is the most visible product of our planning assistance; it came about through a process characterized by transparency and inclusivity.
Day 3: Helping USAID Deliver Improved Health Projects in Ghana
The USAID/Ghana Evaluate for Health Project activities began in September 2014. We are providing overall M&E support to the entire health portfolio, all geared towards data to continually improve the program. Since then, we have recruited a six-person all-Ghanaian project team, opened an office, completed interviews with major implementing partners, visited local health facilities, and submitted a baseline study design and draft indicators to USAID for a portfolio-wide baseline to be launched in February.
Day 2: Helping Pakistan Achieve Reading Goals
We’d like to share with you photos from the Pakistan Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), which contributes to the long-term measurement of improved reading skills. Funded by USAID, it is the largest EGRA conducted to date. Despite challenging conditions on the ground, including a flood and earthquake, our teams interviewed more than 33,000 boys and girls in grades 3 and 5 from 1,120 schools. The baseline will feed into an evaluation that looks at all eight areas of Pakistan and three different languages.
Day 1: Promoting a Better Lebanon Through Citizen Engagement
MSI’s USAID-funded Promoting Active Citizen Engagement (PACE) project increased Lebanese civil society’s ability to act as a catalyst for change.The program has supported the healthy growth of civil society groups in Lebanon and used technology, like social media, to effectively engage and promote its goals. Learn more about the project and its use of social media by checking out the photos from the @SocialMediasPACE social media fair on Facebook, listening to a podcast recorded with former PACE Chief of Party, Hérve de Baillenx, watching the short project overview video, and watching a video from “Inter-Views,” a weekly political talk show that spoke with PACE grantees.