In late February, USAID hosted a launch event for the Human and Institutional Capacity Development Pro (HICDPro) contract. The event brought together HICDPro award holders, which includes MSI, and started a dialogue on the best ways to have sustainable HICD impact.
MSI’s President Larry Cooley was a speaker at the event and talked about the challenges of HICD and systemic capacity. Click the image above to watch the video at the start of Larry’s talk.
“You’ve got to be diagnostic, you’ve got to look for root causes of things,” Cooley said about how approaching HICD. “You’ve got to figure out… what we can do to materially help in a sustainable way around these sorts of changes, not in the small, but at scale.”
HICDPro is helping USAID Missions to support local partner organizations to identify needs and improvement gaps related to HICD.
Read more about our HICDPro approach and team.
This February, Syrian civil society and international donor representatives came together to discuss the current and future status of civil society in Syria. In the video above, we catch up with MSI’s Senior Vice President Andy Griminger, who moderated this roundtable meeting in Istanbul.
Griminger says that international support for civil society can “not only alleviate problems right now but prepare for the period when peace comes.”
The half-day meeting provided a unique opportunity for attendees to discuss the current realities impacting Syrian civil society.
In an interactive and open discussion, participants talked about programming challenges and gaps. They identified effective approaches for donors to deliver assistance. Smaller group sessions focused on organizational capacity building, financial sustainability and coordination.
Donor countries represented at the roundtable included Denmark, France, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Half of the attendees were from Syrian civil society organizations, which included senior leaders from partner organizations under Coffey’s Syrian Civil Society Capacity Building. Representatives from several other Syrian Civil Society organizations were also present.
Group dialogue in Pakistan
USAID has awarded MSI three IQCs that help promote resilient democracies and communities worldwide. These contracting vehicles access our team’s expertise and knowledge to deliver the best results.
USAID awarded the PEACE IQC to MSI and several other firms to help implement projects dealing with conflict, state fragility and violent extremism. The PEACE IQC aims to promote the design and implementation of conflict-sensitive development programs for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. We have brought together an impressive consortium of partner organizations that have specific expertise in the field of conflict management and mitigation. Our team offers USAID Missions and Bureaus access to exceptional analytical, training and program implementation.
Read more about our partners and approach for PEACE IQC.
USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) selected MSI as one of the firms to help advance peace and democracy in countries that are in transition. The awarded Support Which Implement Fast Transitions (SWIFT) IQC is worth up to $2.5 billion over five years. SWIFT organizations deliver flexible short-term grants to location organizations to conflict-affected or transitional areas for OTI. We were awarded both regional SWIFT sub-IQCs which allows us to help USAID in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia.
Read more on SWIFT’s fast action and world-wide approach.
As a sub to Integra LLC, MSI has won the REPLACE IQC to address environmental and resource management issues. We will provide our expertise in policy analysis and change, M&E, conflict mitigation, anti-corruption, knowledge management, scaling up and communications, and more. REPLACE focuses on approaches to landscape and seascape management to build resilient communities while conserving the natural resource base.
Read more about REPLACE’s effective environmental management strategy.
IODF Chairperson Daniel Lyatumba talks with members during the January meeting.
Zambian government, civil society and the private sector are demanding more and more organization development (OD) services. Launched with support from MSI, the Institute of Organization Development Facilitators (IODF) in Zambia helps to build the OD skills of its members through monthly professional development meetings.
“We wanted to improve effective communication among practitioners and in the process be able to share the best practices amongst ourselves,” said IODF Chairman Daniel Lyatumba.
The January meeting focused on how to best conduct organizational capacity assessments. Attendees included USAID/Zambia officials, representatives from US Chamber of Commerce and a visiting lecturer from Catholic University, Angola. The visiting lecturer spoke about the OD in Angola and asked IODF to help him set up a similar organization there.
The session was part of the institute’s new Organization Development Certification program, currently being registered with the Zambian government.
The IODF is a membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of organization development in Zambia. Their main goal is to advance sound organization practices in the southern African region so that groups can envision, attain and sustain their full potential.
Watch the video below, produced by LPCB, to learn more about the IODF.
Iraq’s Governor of Babil and Minister of Provincial Affairs inaugurate a new facility while USAID-Tarabot advisors look on.
On January 13, 2014, George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration held an event called “Back to Basics: Lessons from Rebuilding Public Administration in Iraq.” The event featured RTI International fellow and Associate Faculty at the Trachtenberg School, Derick Brinkerhoff, as well as Andy Griminger, Senior Vice President for Business Development for Management Systems International. Both experts shared their views and the lessons they had learned working in a post-conflict environment such as Iraq.
For an effective public administration on the provincial level, Brinkerhoff stressed the need for political will in order to create capacity for provincial groups to carry out their duties. Griminger further explained that capacity building should occur at the central and local level simultaneously.
When focusing on the issue on decentralization, both experts agreed that deconcentrating authority too hastily could lead to adverse effects. For a society such as Iraq characterized by a strong center providing services, the priority should be on fixing the center so as to ensure that the provinces are receiving services.
Griminger shared his thoughts about the relationship that clients or host country governments build in a post-war environment. “Everybody is suspicious, there are power vacuums and people assume that you have a motive behind everything that you do,” he said.
For more on Public Administration projects in Iraq, read the full Tatweer and Tarabot overviews and watch the short videos.