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March 3, 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 13

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Media of the Week
USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has released the Fiscal Year 2022 Haiti RFSA RFA Solicitation Briefing recording.
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Featured Announcement

Draft Request for Applications: Resilience Food Security Activity in Mozambique

Photo of woman farming in the PhillipinesUSAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has released the draft Fiscal Year 2022 Request for Applications (RFA) for a Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Mozambique for review and comments.

All comments and inquiries should be directed to this email. Comments on the draft FY 2022 RFSA RFA for Mozambique are due on Monday, April 5, 2021, at noon (Eastern Standard Time). USAID/BHA is planning to have a virtual solicitation briefing while the RFA is in draft.

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Photo Credit: Guy Hubbard / Save the Children

Featured Opportunity

MRR Innovation Lab: Call for Proposals for Research on Food Security and Resilience

Photo of a man with camelsThe Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience (MRR) at UC Davis invites researchers at U.S. universities to submit proposals for research projects that bolster resilience, keeping rural individuals, households, communities, and markets in positions of economic viability from which they can accelerate inclusive agricultural growth.

The MRR Innovation Lab anticipates funding 4-6 proposals under this solicitation. Questions on this solicitation may be directed to the BASIS/MRR Innovation Lab office at Full proposals are due by April 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

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Featured Event

The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience & Food Security: Lessons in Scaling Up from Nepal and Uganda
SCALE and HG4RR | March 16, 2021 | Online

Photo of a doctor with a patientJoin this webinar to hear from Mercy Corps and African Women Rising (AWR) as they share challenges, successes, and evidence around implementing and scaling permagardens in different contexts.

Mercy Corps will share their experiences from implementing the USAID-funded PAHAL Program in Western Nepal, and AWR from implementing their Permagarden Program in Northern Uganda. 

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Photo Credit: Fredrik Lerneryd/Save The Children

Featured Resource

Building Resilient and Inclusive Digital Ecosystems: A Toolkit for Using Digital Payments in Development Programs

resource thumbnailThis toolkit is designed to be used by organizations regardless of their experience with digital payments and to inspire and enable organizations new to digital payments to make the switch.

Partners can use the toolkit to harness opportunities to accelerate their program activities and empower individuals to become active users of digital financial services (DFS) to improve their lives. It is structured to help partners evaluate local opportunities for DFS, identify weaknesses in the digital ecosystem, and design programs to advance the use of DFS market systems.

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Upcoming Events

Operation and Maintenance of WASH Infrastructure Webinar Series
PRO-WASH | March 2 - April 20, 2021 | Online

COVID-19 and WASH: What We Know and What’s Next
USAID | March 11, 2021 | Online

Data simplified. Protection amplified. An essential conversation for CVA practitioners.
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) | March 11, 2021 | Online

Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank Launch: Resources to Inspire Action
USAID Advancing Nutrition | March 11, 2021 | Online

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New Resources

The Enabling Environment for Food Traceability System Success
Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project

Série de notes d’orientations pratiques pour la mesure de la résilience 6: Enquêtes de suivi récurrente

Apprentissage à partir des évaluations: Un examen de 16 évaluations à mi-parcours de Programmes de développement de la sécurité alimentaire financés par l'USAID de 2015 à 2020

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Funding & Other Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Mid-Term Evaluation of the IDEAL ActivityDeadline: March 8, 2021
IDEAL has entered the third year of its five-year period of performance and is requesting quotations from evaluation consultant(s) to conduct a mid-term evaluation. The evaluation will be conducted from April to September 2021. Applicants must submit their CV(s) and a cost quotation, including a breakdown of the expected level of effort (LOE) and cost per deliverable listed in the Scope of Work (SOW). 

Request for Applications (RFA): IDEAL Qualitative M&E Program Improvement AwardDeadline: March 5, 2021
IDEAL is soliciting applications that strengthen the capacity of USAID Title II implementers to incorporate qualitative analysis into monitoring and evaluation. Applications will support the development, testing, packaging, and sharing of processes, systems, and tools to improve qualitative data collection, analysis, and utilization in support of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance strategy and policy. 

Religion and Spirituality in Sanitation ProgramsDeadline: Multiple
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley are conducting a study to understand the approach development organizations have taken with respect to engaging communities’ religious and spiritual beliefs and values when implementing sanitation programs in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. PRO-WASH invites you to participate in this study by filling out this survey.

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