Explore a growing collection of resources for key insights and experience on integrated development and locally driven solutions.

Found 123 Results
Page 1 of 7

Are we learning enough about integrated programs through impact evaluations?

Integrated development raises a lot of questions. Tessa Ahner-McHaffie and colleagues from FHI 360 tried to answer some of these in a Systematic Review published on Gates Open Research and currently being peer reviewed. In this guest blog, she describes the work that her and colleagues have done in exploring the evidence around this area of development work. 

Tags: ,

December 14, 2017

Creating New Tools for the Job

By: Lydia Cardona, Conservation International Headlines about scarce natural resources driving or causing conflicts are not hard to find. Threats of war over the control and use of natural resources – such as oil, timber and water- become more imminent as rapid, unsustainable development and climate change increase the pressure on renewable and non-renewable resources. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, more than 40%…

Tags: ,

December 12, 2017

Creating an Integrated Nutrition Game-Plan: Technical Brief and Recommendations from Lao PDR

By: Deirdre McMahon, Global Nutrition Advisor, SNV  Malnutrition isn’t the result of a simple cause-and-effect algorithm. It can’t be boiled down into an if-then statement. It’s the result of a complex web of underlying factors and interrelated causes. And in response to that complexity, reducing malnutrition requires convergent action from many different sectors and stakeholders.  Based on the need for integrated action to improve nutrition,…

Tags: ,

December 5, 2017

One Thing at a Time Doesn’t Work for Women

By: Sia Nowrojee, Program Director, 3D Program for Girls and Women “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”                     -Audre Lorde, activist and poet Early in my career, I worked in a women’s health clinic as a counselor, supporting clients as they made and acted on their reproductive…

Tags: ,

December 4, 2017

Accelerating evidence-based south-south collaboration to reach the extreme poor

By: Emily Coppel and Isabel Whisson, BRAC Careful adaptation of proven programs in new contexts is key to achieving SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere In January of 2017, five officials from the Government of Kenya, The Boma Project, and CARE International traveled to Bangladesh. Their aim? To understand how BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs, headquartered in Dhaka, ‘graduated’ 1.7…

Tags: ,

November 15, 2017

When the Evaluation Plan Doesn’t Reflect the Context

By: Aga Khan Foundation When a partnership offers an opportunity to improve an important value chain Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique started the MozaCaju project with USDA funding in late 2013/early 2014, as a subcontractor to TechnoServe. The 3-year project aimed to improve the value chain for cashew production and marketing in Mozambique, providing training and support for cashew producers in growing techniques, harvest and…

Tags: ,

October 30, 2017

Show me the evidence: Cultivating knowledge on governance and food security

By: Tessa Ahner-McHaffie, FHI 360 Show me the evidence: Cultivating knowledge on governance and food security I recently participated in a salon on integrating governance and food security work to enhance development outcomes. Convened by the LOCUS coalition and FHI 360, the salon gathered experts in evaluation, governance and food security to review challenges and best practices for generating evidence and knowledge. A post-salon discussion recorded with Annette Brown and Joseph Sany…

Tags: ,

September 15, 2017

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious call to action, and the challenges they aim to overcome are nothing if not complex. Our answer to the SDGs’ call must be those things, too. It must be big and bold. It must be comprehensive. It must recognize the complexity of poverty, of people’s lives and of the systems that impact them, for better or for worse.…


September 11, 2017

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #7: To light the way forward with the rural poor, include them as true development partners

Once a closed country, Myanmar is undergoing a huge transformation. For the first time, people in Yangon, Mandalay, Magway and other urban areas are connecting with the greater world. Curious university students are accessing new texts online. Small business owners are researching markets and commodities. School kids are following the latest Korean popstars on Facebook. But life in rural areas remains mostly unchanged, largely because…


September 7, 2017

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #6: Public-Private Partnerships Need A Fourth “P” to Succeed

Public-Private partnerships are all the rage lately, and at SNV, in the context of agriculture value chains, we think they hold huge potential for alleviating poverty. In general, value-chain PPPs consist of private companies that provide agricultural inputs, land preparation and credit to local farmers, who in turn agree to supply those companies with reliably produced raw materials, from nuts to grain to vegetables. To…

September 5, 2017

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #5: It Started with Chickens: How Listening to Local Leaders Led to Epicenters of a Movement

  The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy in Africa is a systematic, honed and proven process for empowering clusters of villages to establish self-reliant, community-led, integrated systems of basic public services. Today, more than 120 epicenters serve nearly 2 million people in rural areas across eight African countries. But the strategy did not tumble from the skies fully baked. It slowly emerged from a brick chicken…

September 1, 2017

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #4: Learning from the Lobsters that Changed Women’s Lives

We never would have guessed that lobsters could change women’s lives. Conservation International Ecuador has been focused on the sustainable management of marine resources for the past 10 years, working with local partners to safeguard Ecuador’s amazing biodiversity. Throughout this time, we have seen the close connection between people and nature.  However, this story about lobsters and a community that depended on them for their…

Tags: , ,

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #3: When Supply-Side Models Aren’t Enough, Think Bigger.

Like so many places around the world, in Tajikistan, root causes of poverty are complex. As a post-Soviet country, decentralized public services and authority are still fairly new concepts, as is business and market development. A civil war in the 1990s left a devastating toll, and with Tajikistan’s mountainous, mostly rural landscape, remote communities have faced great challenges. Nonetheless, Aga Khan Foundation has helped make…


Lesson Learned The Hard Way #2: Complex problems demand complex, adapative solutions.

Malnutrition is a complex problem. So must be the solutions. Seas of verdant crops surround many towns in northern Uganda. It’s a landscape that stands in stark contrast to one of the biggest development challenges here: malnutrition.  The problem isn’t merely a lack of knowledge about what makes a healthy diet. Many landowners choose profits from cash crops over local food production. Loans for small…

Tags: , , ,

August 29, 2017

Lesson Learned the Hard Way #1: When assumptions turn out to be wrong, learn & adapt for impact.

When assumptions turn out to be wrong, learn and adapt for impact. At Nuru International, our ultimate goal, essentially, is to work ourselves out of a job. We’re striving to end extreme poverty, and we’re doing it in a way that builds capable local communities, rather than communities that are dependent on us to sustain and scale progress. It’s why our teams at project sites…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

August 25, 2017


This fact sheet describes the resources FHI 360 developed for use in Ethiopia to encourage parents to adopt better parenting skills, including communicating with children and developing positive disciplinary methods.

February 14, 2017


This paper assesses the linkages between poverty, livelihood, food security, economic strengthening, and HIV/AIDS-related outcomes through a literature review.


As the evidence base linking improved cookstoves with positive health and energy impacts grows, so does attention on how best to influence household uptake and consistent and correct use.


This research agenda aims to enable the field to strengthen the evidence base for integrated development approaches by presenting key areas of inquiry for consideration by decision-makers who seek to explore and better understand integrated development policies and programs.


This fact sheet summarizes technical assistance by FHI 360 to Ethiopian neighborhood care groups, known as community care coalitions, with the purpose of identifying vulnerable children and linking them with critical support services.

Page 1 of 7