The Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Framework is a tool for planning and implementing CLA approaches.

The CLA Framework identifies components and subcomponents of CLA to help you think more deliberately about what approach might be best tailored to your organizational or project context by focusing on two key dimensions:. 

  • CLA in the Program Cycle: how CLA is incorporated throughout Program Cycle processes, including strategy, project, and activity design and implementation; and 

  • Enabling Conditions: how an organization’s culture, business processes, and resource allocation support CLA integration.

CLA is not a separate workstream—it should be integrated into existing processes to strengthen the discipline of development and improve aid effectiveness.  

Pie chart illustrating a program cycle