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More Important Than Ever Today

CDA’s trusted expertise and capacity for understanding and working effectively in complex situations is more salient than ever. The cascade of crises, from Syria and South Sudan to Yemen and Myanmar, paired with increased global fragility and rapidly evolving forms of political violence, highlights the critical need for the nuanced analysis and practical tools CDA has honed over the last two decades. This is particularly true in the face of increasingly precarious and politicized donor support for international engagement.

Positioned at the intersection of applied field research, global policy, and local practice CDA offers its partners and clients rigorous, nuanced, multi-level analysis, and practical tools for engagement. These include strategies and programs that are locally driven, grounded in a systemic understanding of the complexity of fragile and conflict affected contexts, and based on evidence and context specific theories of change.

Multiple lessons from a six-year corruption project

What worked and what didn’t

The Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI), a six year program supported by CDA and Besa: Catalyzing Strategic Change, and funded by the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), was completed in December, 2017. Under CAASDI, CDA published multiple reports researching the nature of corruption in the criminal justice sectors of Central African Republic (Bangui), Democratic Republic of Congo (Lubumbashi), and Uganda (Northern Uganda) alongside partners at The Fletcher School. Three learning documents were published in the month before the project was completed. All of this work, plus additional contributions from policymakers, academics, and practitioners, can still be found on the CAASDI CDA webpage and CDA Perspectives Blog.



Creating Breakout Innovation

Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems. But only a small percentage of these efforts are resulting in bold innovation and powerful solutions. What does it take to deliver breakout innovation? This article shares the results of research that identified CDA as one of 20 organizations that are directly engaged in “breakout innovation.” Continue reading on Stanford Social Innovation Review to see what that means.


Supporting Partners

Global Affairs Canada
Total SA
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Norwegian MFA
World Vision UK
Humanity United
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Paung Sie Facility
International Rescue Committee