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Save the Children / Charlie Forgham-Bailey

The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) activity is funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) that works to support the United States Government’s goal of improving food and nutrition security among the world’s most vulnerable households and communities. IDEAL addresses knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community, supporting them in the design and implementation of effective development and emergency food security activities. IDEAL is led by Save the Children and implemented by a consortium that includes The Kaizen Company, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International.

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What We Do

IDEAL aims to answer the needs of the food security community through the IDEAL Small Grants Program, capacity strengthening activities, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. IDEAL accomplishes its mission by facilitating the transfer of knowledge among development and emergency practitioners and increasing the availability of resources necessary to effectively design food security programming.

Meet The Team

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James Akai

Regional Facilitator, East and Southern Africa

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Luisa Angelsmith

Organizational Development Manager

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Lloyd Banwart

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Advisor

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Bianca Flokstra

Strategic Learning & Capacity Development Advisor

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Karyn Fox

Qualitative Research & Resilience Specialist

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Kim Jurczyk

Senior Communications Coordinator

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Grace Krauser

Program Officer

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Dasha Kosmynina

Associate Director, Award & Budget Management

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Emily Marshall

Award Manager

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Salomon Matchoudo

Regional Facilitator, West & Central Africa

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Gitau Mbure

Food Security Technical Advisor

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Austen Musso

Small Grants Manager

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Maja Persson

Communications & Knowledge Management Advisor

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Darin Ottenhoff

Senior Specialist, Emergency

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Chris Riggs

Organizational Learning Specialist

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Karen Romano

Activity Director

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Siddarth Senthilkumaran

Program Associate

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Elly Sukup

Food Security Technical Officer

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Camille Tacastacas

Knowledge Management Senior Specialist

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Kirsten Tanifum

Small Grants Senior Coordinator

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Laura Zillmer

Research Associate & M&E Specialist