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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 emergency and non-emergency food security activities. IDEAL is led by Save the Children and implemented by a consortium that includes Mercy Corps, TANGO International, and until 2022, The Kaizen Company. Click here to access our IDEAL FAQ. 

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What We Do

IDEAL aims to answer the needs of the food security community through our Small Grants Program, capacity strengthening activities, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and stakeholder consultations. Through the activities below, IDEAL facilitates the transfer of knowledge among emergency and non-emergency practitioners and increases the availability of resources necessary to design food security programming.

Meet The Team

Reem Almadhoun

Reem Almadhoun

Program Coordinator

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Suzanne Ammari

Deputy Activity Director

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Lloyd Banwart

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Advisor

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Suzanne Buracas

Lead Associate, Events

Bella Girthofer

Bella Girthofer

Program Associate

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Karyn Fox

Qualitative Research & Resilience Specialist

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Jenny Haddle

Adaptive Management Advisor

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Dasha Kosmynina

Director, Administration and Operations

Bethany Leech

Bethany Leech

Small Grants Program Lead Associate

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Amy Leo

Senior Adaptive Management Specialist

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Logan Noonan

Program Specialist

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Maja Persson

Communications & Knowledge Management Advisor

Frank Riely

Frank Riely

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Advisor

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Karen Romano

Activity Director

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Beatrice Scheuermann

Small Grants Program Advisor

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Matheson Sharp

Lead Associate, Communications and Knowledge Management

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Camille Tacastacas

Knowledge Management Senior Specialist

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Norma Toussaint

Senior Advisor, Food Security & Learning

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Laura Zillmer

Research Associate & M&E Specialist