Lessons from Eight Years of the Cooperative Development Program 

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Key Takeaways from ACDI/VOCA’s Pivot to a Market Systems Approach

At ACDI/VOCA, our mission is to empower people to succeed in the global economy. To achieve our mission on the …

The Solution to Our Migrant Crisis Isn’t at the Border

When a complex, high-profile issue creates bold headlines and causes marching in the streets, I believe the problem cannot be …

Supporting Rural Farmers as a Student Volunteer in Bangladesh

Near the end my second year as a dual master’s degree candidate at Tufts University, I noticed an opportunity to …

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Date Reference Automation Part 4: Distinct Count of Participants in Multiple Activities

Your project is taking off; you registered a lot of participants in your project database and are implementing multiple different …

Date Reference Automation Part 3: New and Continuing Participant Counts by Reporting Period

Imagine your project has a massive participant target that is six digits long, and your client wants each routine report …

Cooperatives Mobilize Local Resources in Liberia

This article originally appeared on Marketlinks.org.  In 2010, Sebehill Cocoa Farmers Association (SEKUFA), a purchasing cooperative, was in the business …

Date Reference Automation Part 2: Counting Project Participants

As data experts, we love precision in our project performance reporting. One of the data management nightmares that many implementers …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Social and Behavior Change

A great television commercial has been airing recently in the United States. Couples each get a long ribbon to roll …

Date Reference Automation Part 1: Multiple Reporting Periods

Let’s say you are starting a new five-year project on July 1, but your client is going to expect performance …