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March 17, 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 15

In this issue:

Media of the Week
CaLP’s first training video in Spanish provides an overview of the relationship between gender and cash and voucher assistance.
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Featured Announcement

Pipeline and Resource Estimate Proposal (PREP) Guidance for Resilience Food Security Activities

Photo of woman farming in the PhillipinesUSAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has released the Pipeline and Resource Estimate Proposal (PREP) Guidance for BHA Resilience Food Security Activities (RFSAs), formerly known as Development Food Security Activities (DFSAs). This final PREP guidance addresses the comments received last year on the draft version shared.  
BHA encourages recipients to utilize this guidance for upcoming PREP submissions. Please contact your respective Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for any questions or concerns regarding the final guidance.  

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Featured Opportunity

Call for Proposals: Cracking the Nut 2021

Photo of a man with camelsThis year's Cracking the Nut will be a four half-day virtual learning event on November 15-18, 2021. The event will highlight how public and private sector initiatives can create resilient systems that support rural and agricultural development. Cracking the Nut is organized by Connexus Corporation in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), DevWorks International, and Oceaneast Associates.

The Cracking the Nut Advisory Committee invites proposals for presentations at this year’s learning event. All proposal submissions should be emailed to by Friday, April 30, 2021 with “Cracking the Nut 2021: Proposal to Present” in the subject line.

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Featured Event

Operation and Maintenance of WASH Infrastructure Webinar Series
PRO-WASH | April 6 & April 20, 2021 | Online

Photo of a doctor with a patientOrganized by PRO-WASH, the last two webinars in this series will share lessons learned from USAID partners focusing on innovative advances in approaches to operation and maintenance (O&M) of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

Speakers will discuss their respective program's approaches to engineering, environmental, financial, and political-economy challenges, with the aim to draw out important lessons that are more widely applicable.

Note: The webinars will be offered in both French and English. 

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Featured Resource

Resilience Rapid Learning Series: Lessons for Building Resilience in Protracted Crises and Conflict-affected Settings

resource thumbnailREAL’s Resilience Rapid Learning Series provides insights and emerging evidence on how to build resilience in protracted crises and conflict-affected settings. This series documents approaches and contextual insights through research, case studies, and technical analysis.

You can now also access the Rapid Resilience Learning Brief, which focuses on harnessing local sources of social cohesion in Niger and examines factors that contribute to local-level variation in social cohesion in order to improve programming.


Upcoming Events

Safeguarding the Livelihoods of Rural Communities in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis in Colombia
KORE (Knowledge Sharing Platform on Resilience) | March 18, 2021 | Online

Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene in a World Combatting COVID
Global Water 2020 | March 23, 2021 | Online

COVID Adaptations in the Management of Child Wasting
CORE Group | March 29, 2021 | Online

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New Resources

Emerging Evidence and Lessons on the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach (Part Three)
FSN Network Blog

A Guide and Cheat Sheet for Resilience Food Security Activities: How to Engage Youth in Alternative Livelihoods

Seasonality of Acute Malnutrition and its Drivers in Sila Province, Chad
Tufts University's Feinstein International Center

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Funding & Other Opportunities

The Borlaug Field Award Nomination ProcedureDeadline: June 15, 2021
The $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation. This award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.

Engaging Family Members in Nutrition Programs: Survey of Program ExperiencesDeadline: March 29, 2021.
USAID Advancing Nutrition invites you to complete this survey to share your experiences designing, implementing, or evaluating nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions/activities that involve any members of the family system. Survey results will be summarized and published, with the aim of highlighting lessons learned and recommendations for other practitioners. The survey should take around 20 minutes, and you will have the option to save your responses and return later.

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