Liberia Learning Awards 2020 has been launched in Monrovia, with more than thirty-five guests in attendance on January 22, 2020. As the first-of-its-kind development initiative to build a vibrant learning community, the learning awards program is an approach to share ideas around learning so that organizations can learn from each other about how they can effectively collect data and use the information for adaptation and improvement in their work. The program thus seeks to build on the nascent learning community, by developing a network of engaged, connected learning advocates from across government and civil society.

Overseen by an expert panel of judges from top development institutions including USAID Liberia, the Liberia Learning Awards runs annually with Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA) having won the first edition in 2018, alongside Youth Coalition for Education (YOCEL) and NAPTANOL, as the second and third place winners respectively. Following month-long application and vetting proceedings, the awards are offered to Liberian Civil Society organizations that have exhibited concrete examples of how learning has been integrated into their programs to improve outcomes, using the methodology developed by USAID’s Collaborating Learning and Adapting (approach) in their learning case competitions. CLA is a USAID Learning Lab’s framework for strengthening organizational learning and conditions that enable it throughout the Program Cycle to improve development effectiveness and support countries on their journey to self-reliance.

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