SID-Washington State of International Development event

On January 14th, SID-Washington held its first ever State of International Development event. The panel-led discussion  brought together a diverse set of voices to the town square of development to reflect on 2015 and also look ahead to the challenges facing the international development community and developing nations alike. Notable panel members included Keynote speaker Erik Solheim, Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, Patrick Fine from FHI 360, State Department Assistant Secretary Anne Richards and former Senate staffer and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Lester Munson. MSI President Emeritus Larry Cooley moderated the discussion.
Check out the video for info about the event and how SID-Washington is contributing the voices of its members and those from around the international development community to a critical debate on the effectiveness of development assistance.

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New Peace Exchange Community of Practice!

MSI, in collaboration with Search for Common Ground, has developed a community of practice called Peace Exchange for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. Peace Exchange is an open, online platform hosted on DME for Peace, where anyone with a commitment to conflict sensitivity can share their experiences and resources on conflict sensitive practices, tools and literature. The community will help practitioners and organizations improve integration of conflict sensitive and peacebuilding approaches into development and humanitarian assistance trainings and programs.

Watch the 1 minute introduction

Through Peace Exchange members can:

1) Share and access a variety of resources from the Resource Library such as:

  • Capacity building materials for trainings and workshops
  • How-to frameworks, toolkits, and guides for program implementation; and
  • Cutting-edge research and literature

2) Network and learn from peers through:

  • Webinars that connect theories and concepts to field implementation;
  • Community Conversations discussion forum where members can ask questions and share experiences
  • Comment on resources in the Resource Library to help the community understand how they can be applied – and possibly improved – in practice.

Join Peace Exchange today at

You can also register directly by clicking here.

For questions or feedback, please contact the community at

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Third Annual Anti-Corruption Festival Continues to Thrive in Indonesia

Poster-Kompetisi-ACFFest-edit1On December 10th, 2015, Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) celebrated Anti-Corruption Day by hosting the third annual Anti-Corruption Film Festival (ACFFest) at the New Majestic Theater in Bandung, Indonesia. The annual event, created in 2013, serves as a positive force for citizen engagement in the fight against corruption. The KPK’s campaign aims to educate and disseminate the values of anti-corruption to all of Indonesian society.

Film is considered one of the most effective ways to raise public awareness and engage the local community, especially the youth. The festival is a uniquely creative event with exhibitions and discussion forums run with support from USAID and Management Systems International (MSI).

Management Systems International (MSI) has supported the film festival since it’s inception, from film proposal to post-production, through USAID’s Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program (SIAP 1). This year’s festival featured a competition for short films, short documentaries, short animations, citizen journalism videos, and public service announcements. Each of the production teams are mentored by local experts in coordination with personnel from the SIAP-1 project, the KPK, and production coordinators to ensure each stage of film production is achieved.

ACFFest has engaged public and young Indonesian filmmakers for three years. As testament to the event’s ongoing success, the number of participants tripled this year with 513 film and video submissions. The winning films from this year became a part of the KPK’s corruption prevention campaign and the winners received prizes such as camcorders, digital camera, and laptops. The festival was attended by the Governor of West Java, Dedi Mizwar, Deputy Chairman of KPK, Johan Budi, and David Hoffman of USAID.

Upcoming tour dates and instant updates are available via the official Twitter account, @ACFFest, ACFFest Facebook page, ACFFest Website and ACFFest YouTube account.

Click the video thumbnail  below to see Chief of Party, Juhani Grossman, discuss the SIAP-1 project in Indonesia.


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Marina Fanning Retiring from MSI

Marina Fanning_closer_Senior Management PageMSI announced last month that Marina Fanning, MSI’s long-serving Executive Vice President, retired in December.

 Marina, together with Larry Cooley – who became President Emeritus on March 1st when Keith Brown was appointed President of MSI – has helped to lead MSI for more than three decades.

 During that time, she has helped to implement and manage hundreds of projects for U.S. and foreign government agencies, including most recently in Mexico, Morocco and Pakistan. She has also worked for international organizations and private sector firms in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has program experience across a range of sectors and marries this experience with an in-depth understanding of USAID’s culture, policies and procedures, and management processes.

 Marina designed and led the firm’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP). EDP experts have taught and installed the program for more than 15 years in seven languages to more than 400,000 participants in 14 countries. Marina has delivered the program in Brazil, Mexico, Morocco, Colombia and numerous other countries.

 As Executive Vice President at MSI, she has overseen all aspects of the firms operations. She has played a central role in shaping MSI’s corporate culture, designing its physical space, building its reputation, and making it a wonderful place to work.

 “Marina has helped to lead MSI with a steady hand and open heart for more than three decades – she’s been a professional mentor to many and a friend to many more. MSI will deeply miss Marina’s experience and guidance, but we understand her desire to move into this next phase in her life,” said Brown.

 “The legacy she leaves behind is a strong firm that emphasizes technical and operational excellence and a commitment to helping solve political, social and economic challenges across the globe….a firm that is strong today and is well positioned for the future.”

 Marina will assume Emeritus status with the company during her retirement and can be reached at


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Larry Cooley Talks Strategies for Scaling at 2015 Global Youth Opportunities Summit

2015-12-4 Larry Cooley INT at Making CentsThe Global Youth Opportunities Summit is the largest event of its kind, assembling representatives from more than 40 countries to discuss issues and promising practices for enhancing economic opportunities for the world’s youth. 

Larry Cooley, MSI’s President Emeritus, was a featured speaker at the event and led a hands-on workshop for participants on “pathways to scale”.  This interview with Larry was taped on October 6th, 2105 on the sidelines of that event.

Please visit our Scaling Up microsite for information about MSI’s approach and work taking projects to scale as well as updates from our Scaling Up Community of Practice.

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