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Past TOPS Events

TOPS Event
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20002 AND Online via Adobe Connect
USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) was one of the largest providers of food assistance to the Ebola-affected region of West Africa since the beginning of the outbreak in 2014. FFP continues to address urgent food needs of persons directly affected by Ebola and those impacted by the secondary, economic impacts of Ebola, using cash transfers, agricultural input vouchers, and in-kind and locally and regionally procured (LRP) food. In November,... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20002 AND Online via Adobe Connect
In a development context, livelihood diversification has been promoted as a pathway out of poverty for rural households for more than 20 years and is considered an important strategy for achieving sustainable livelihoods. Livelihood diversification can also be a key element of resilience, and strengthens the capacity of households to deal with future shocks and stresses. It is assumed that different livelihood strategies are not equally... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20002 AND Online via Adobe Connect
The TOPS Program is pleased to announce the launch of a Resilience Task Force dedicated to advancing the understanding of resilience programming. The Resilience Task Force is a formal community of practice that will meet regularly to recommend new tools and promising practices related to resilience programming in the FSN community, and to plan and host workshops and trainings. TOPS would like to invite technical specialists and practitioners who... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Online
Meeting Recording Meeting Presentation   Agenda: I. Representatives from International Medical Corps shared an overview of the Men Are Partners (MAPs) approach used to engage men in promoting optimal maternal, infant and young child nutrition practices in the Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture Promotion (SNAP) program in Sierra Leone.* II. Bonnie Kittle, Behavior Change Specialist and Director of Kittle Consulting, led an activity on behavior... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online
The FSN Network's M&E and KM Task Forces held their second joint meeting on April 28, 2016.   Shelia Jackson (KMTF Chair) and Laurie Starr (M&E TF Chair) led attendees through some exercises to identify how both technical sectors could begin to collaborate effectively, and what individual action steps members could take to move this process forward.   Event Recording  Meeting Notes A Knowledge Management Overview A Monitoring and... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00pm
Washington, DC
The TOPS Program and CARE International hosted a capacity building workshop on Gender Equity and Diversity for Social and Behavioral Change. The highly participatory event helped attendees increased their understanding of gender equity and diversity and how they can build this awareness to promote lasting change with their teams and in partnership with communities.   Realize: To understand or become aware of To cause to become real To achieve a... More
TOPS Event
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online
The Reading & Responding to Your Baby project tested the feasibility of incorporating messages on infant feeding and behavior cues in order to improve breastfeeding and complementary feeding in ongoing nutrition programming in a small cluster of communities in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. As part of the project, Food for the Hungry and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill developed key educational messages, created... More
TOPS Event
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, April 8, 2016 - 5:00pm
Mutare, Zimbabwe
The TOPS Program Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (ANRM) team held a capacity strengthening event in Mutare, Zimbabwe. At this event, the ANRM team introduced the Resilience Design in Smallholder Farming Systems approach to USAID Food for Peace-funded project staff and their farmers, and other organizations and ministry staff. This video documents the capacity strengthening event, and provides a brief introduction to the Resilience... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Save the Children, 2000 L St NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036
The TOPS Program held a stakeholder consultation for the PVO community and USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) discussing the draft of the FY16 International Emergency Food Assistance Annual Program Statement (APS). Access the final event report here. It contains an overview of the consultation, including highlights shared by FFP on proposed changes to the APS; the main recommendations from the PVO community to FFP resulting from both the pre-... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Online
Gitau Mbure, World Vision’s Senior Agriculture Advisor, has kindly agreed to lead a discussion on establishing guidelines for effective field demonstration sites. Although demonstration sites are a common mechanism used in many agricultural components of USAID/FFP programs to share new and good technical practices, they often vary in their execution, and in their success with farmers. Gitau will lead a discussion with task force members to share... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online
The Knowledge Management Task Force met on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Meeting Recording  Meeting Notes Presentation on "Engaging Adult Learners" by Aina Irbe Agenda I. Introduction of Attendees II. Presentation and Discussion Aina Irbe, Senior Director of Learning Technologies at ACDI/VOCA, presented on some of the challenges faced by adult learners today and shared some practical tips for engaging them. III. Updates and Announcements Yemisi... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Project-level Early Warning Interest Group hosted Travis Mayo, manager of the Complexity Aware Monitoring Project in USAID's Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning; Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research, at the group's March meeting which welcomed both in-person and webinar attendees. The event explored a meta-analysis Mayo recently conducted of USAID-funded projects that have applied early warning/trigger/sentinel indicators.... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Catholic Relief Services, 28 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201
This is a meeting of the Commodity Management Task Force of the FSN Network.  Global Task Forces enable members from around the world to directly contribute their expertise in development and adaptation of crucial information, tools, and methods that are responsive to stakeholder needs. Membership in a Task Force needs to be approved by the Task Force Chair. All are welcome! If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please e-mail... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
SEIU, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
A key challenge faced by food security programs and projects is understanding how to develop an effective knowledge management strategy that meets their needs and ensures that any activities and initiatives are firmly grounded in the real needs and challenges of their specific project. An effective KM strategy articulates a project’s vision on how to improve developmental efficiency and effectiveness through knowledge management. It should be... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Online
This is a meeting of the Social and Behavioral Change Task Force of the FSN Network.  Global Task Forces enable members from around the world to directly contribute their expertise in development and adaptation of crucial information, tools, and methods that are responsive to stakeholder needs. Membership in a Task Force needs to be approved by the Task Force Chair. All are welcome! The agenda promises a diverse and exciting discussion: Welcome... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Food for the Hungry, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
This is a meeting of the Social and Behavioral Change Task Force of the FSN Network.  Global Task Forces enable members from around the world to directly contribute their expertise in development and adaptation of crucial information, tools, and methods that are responsive to stakeholder needs. Membership in a Task Force needs to be approved by the Task Force Chair. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served. There will also be an online... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Online
The CORE Group SBC Working Group and the TOPS FSN Network SBC Task Force invites you to participate in the sixth session of their SBC Journal Club. The online discussion will revolve around the publication: "Effect of a behaviour-change intervention on handwashing with soap in India (SuperAmma): a cluster-randomised trial." For more information and to register, click here.
TOPS Event
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
CORE Group, 919 18 Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20006 and Adobe Connect
The Knowledge Management Task Force met on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Meeting Recording  Meeting Notes Presentation on USAID Learn's "CLA: An Overview" by Sarah Schmidt CLA at USAID CLA Maturity Matrix USAID/Uganda Community Connector Agenda I. Introduction of Attendees II. Presentations and Discussion Sarah Schmidt (Deputy Chief of Party, USAID LEARN) and Joan Whelan (Senior Policy and Program Coordination Officer, USAID/DCHA/FFP) spoke about... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 2000 L St NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036. Conference Rooms ABC.
  The TOPS Program hosted TANGO International’s Tim Frankenberger at an event to examine the extent and application of social capital in determining the nature of resilience within communities.Through his presentation, Frankenberger reviewed the evidence from four studies to assess how different types of social capital contribute to resilience. Frankenberger examined whether households with greater levels of social capital achieve greater levels... More

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