All Past Events

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:00am
The QED Group, LLC 1250 Eye St., NW 11th Floor Washington, DC 20005
Although projects may be designed with the intent of using a value chain approach, without effective internal operations and core staff capacities and behaviors they will likely fail at creating systemic change. This talk will explore key drivers needed to spark and sustain organizational change, such as a change champion within the project and the use of formal mechanisms for encouraging staff to take a facilitative approach, as well as... More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:30am
Save the Children's DC headquarters: 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Conference Room E
Following is a list of topics that will be discussed in the meeting. a) Revised outline of the M&E Guide and Next Steps b) M&E Tools - CRS's SMILER and Indicator Tracking Table (ITT) [Susan Hahn from CRS will make a presentation on the tools]  c) Draft Midterm Evaluation Scope of Work d) TOPS' M&E Next year's workplan suggestions e) Miscellaneous (TOPS' participation in CRS Learning Workshop) The outline of the M&E Guide will be... More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Ronald Reagan Building 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Room M17/18 (Public Information Center) Washington, DC
As fisheries globally are on the verge of collapse due to overfishing, effects of global climate change, ocean acidification, and marine pollution, the donor community is faced with a perfect storm of challenges for food security worldwide. One must ask the question: Can we feed the world without saving wild fish stocks?  The importance of the fisheries sector (both capture fisheries and aquaculture) to the food security and livelihoods of... More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
FHI360,1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009
FFP commissioned the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project to undertake the second Food Aid and Food Security Assessment (FAFSA-2). The aim of FAFSA-2 was to document the overall achievements of Title II development programs during the period from Fiscal Years 2003-2009. The assessment, carried out by Roberta Van Haeften, Mary Ann Anderson, Herbert Caudill and Eamonn Kilmartin, examined 101 programs in 28 countries to identify... More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (All day) to Friday, July 27, 2012 (All day)
Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton Cape Town, South Africa
The University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) in collaboration with the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) and the ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility aim to provide participants with a thorough understanding of microinsurance issues and business strategies for African markets. The training focuses on key concepts with a specific focus on client behaviour, innovation in business models,... More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
601 Lexington Ave 14th Floor New York, NY
The next SEEP Dialogue will feature a discussion of Market Outlook 2012: Perspectives of Microfinance Association Leaders, SEEP's most recent research publication, sponsored by Citi Microfinance. This report provides insights of leaders of microfinance associations in 36 markets around the world. These associations represent 4,743 microfinance institutions with a total of 70 million clients and a collective portfolio of approximately US$ 21... More
Monday, July 16, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, July 21, 2012 (All day)
Nampula, Mozambique
TOPS, in collaboration with World Vision International, is pleased to announce a Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) Regional Workshop July 16-21, 2012 in Nampula, Mozambique. This training will be the new multisectoral version of DBC. TOPS is seeking out organizations with Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, or Health/Nutrition staff members who are fluent in Portuguese,  who would like to attend this training.  There is no charge to... More
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 10:00am to 11:30am
The next meeting of the SBC Task Force will be this Thursday, 12 July, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST.  This was the date and time when most people (11) could attend.  Thanks to all of you who responded to the poll.  Please use the link below to join the meeting:   If you have not used Elluminate / Blackboard before, try to log on by at least 9:30 a.m. in order... More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:30am
At this interest group meeting there will be an update on the progress to date on the Care Group Training Manual. The group is also seeking volunteers to review, pilot test, or to draft a few more sections of the manual.There will be a presentation about two Care Group Projects: Results and Lessons Learned  in the DRC and Burundi. For more information and to join the virtual meeting, please contact Mary Decoster at  
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Lead Firms are any small, medium and large firms that have commercial linkages forward and backward along the value chain with targeted micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSEs).  They can vary in size, may operate within the formal or informal economy and can manage and/or control different parts of the value chain.  However, they are distinguished by their commercial interest to engage with MSEs and the leverage potential they have to... More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm
International Food Policy Research Institute 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC Fourth Floor Conference Facility
As governments, donors, and other key actors deepen their commitments to improve food security and reduce poverty, they are increasingly focusing on how successful development interventions can be scaled up, i.e. expanded, replicated, and adapted to new and different contexts, for greater and sustained impact. IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative commissioned a set of 20 policy briefs, edited by Johannes Linn, to better understand the different... More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:00am
The QED Group, LLC 1250 Eye Street, NW 11th Floor Washington, DC 20005
The value chain approach aims to achieve economic growth with poverty reduction, but there tends to be a poverty “frontier” beyond which value chain development programs struggle to engage. Join Marian Boquiren of SDCAsia and Anna Cuny Garloch of ACDI/VOCA to discuss emerging insights as to how the value chain approach can more effectively be leveraged to “pull” the very poor into markets in more gainful ways and improve their ability to access... More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Ronald Reagan Building 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Room M17/18 (Public Information Center) Washington, DC
Various cereals are grown around the world and have assorted purposes. Some are prominently supported in agriculture development projects whereas others are ignored. Certain uses of cereal grains have come under scrutiny as to their value in ensuring food security and health while other uses are assumed to be beneficial and healthy. This presentation will review cereal grains grown around the world, their origin, and their typical uses; compare... More
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
International Resources Group (IRG), 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
John Furlow from USAID's Global Climate Change team, will be holding a standing meeting to bring together the DC-based climate change adaptation community. The purpose is to keep those working on adaptation up-to-date on their activities, to learn from one another, and identify areas of possible collaboration. The meetings will be held every other month on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm. The next meeting will be August 16th. The... More
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:00pm
The World Bank Group 1818 H Street NW Washington, DC 20433
The World Bank Group is hosting a peer-to-peer learning workshop and knowledge share fair, “Mobilizing Knowledge Networks for Development,” on June 19-20, 2012, in Washington, DC.  The goal of the workshop is to explore ways to become better providers and connectors of knowledge in a world where the sources of knowledge are increasingly diverse and disbursed. The Conference and Knowledge fair will provide an opportunity for knowledge... More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
The National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20045.
This meeting will address topics such as an M&E update from FFP on indicator alignment, introduction to the upcoming FFP management information system, update on the USDA Food Aid Information System,  report outs from working groups on logistics and packaging, and more. If you have not yet RSVP’d, please email Katie McKenna at as soon as possible. Registration will take place from 1 – 2 pm, and the meeting will start... More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm
International Food Policy Research Institute 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC Fourth Floor Conference Facility
Africa has recently experienced impressive transformation, including economic growth of about 5-7 percent despite the global economic crisis. However, the opportunities that accompany such transformations have not been fully harnessed and significant challenges remain. Africa’s transformation process differs from other regional transformations in several ways. Many continue to live in rural areas and depend on agriculture, the industrial sector... More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:30am
The QED Group, LLC 1250 Eye Street, NW 11th Floor Washington, DC 20005
The seminar will highlight some of the key issues that will be addressed at this year’s conference, “Cracking the Nut: Attracting Private Investment to Develop Rural and Agricultural Markets.” Panelists Anita Campion of AZMJ and Eduardo Tugendhat of Carana will summarize some of the remaining barriers in attracting private investors to support rural and agricultural markets in developing countries. They will present some of the ways in which... More
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
World Bank Main Complex, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC, Room MC4-100
Overview Agricultural growth is generally more pro-poor than growth in industry and service sectors. However, much less is known about the relationship between agricultural growth and nutrition outcomes. Using cross-country regressions, we find that economic growth—and agricultural growth in particular—translates into substantial reduction in hunger globally, but child malnutrition is much less responsive. We then apply a comprehensive macro-... More
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
1717 H St., NW Suite 801 Washington, DC
The Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program II is a USAID-funded consortium of public and private sector institutions managed by Cornell University that focuses on the safe and effective development and commercialization of bioengineered crops as a complement to traditional agricultural approaches for small-scale farmers. ABSPII’s management team will share the lessons learned from 10 years of supporting agricultural biotechnology research... More