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Workshop Agenda and Guide for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
This schedule and individual modules are still under development and subject to change. Please visit often for up-to-date information. Follow the links for module names to go directly to the module description following the schedule.
USAID has created a new urban policy called Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urban World. This module will provide an overview of the policy and showcase missions that have experience in urban programming. Panel discussions will underscore the important issues and considerations that increase the effectiveness of urban programming and help participants learn the best practices to integrate urban programming into ongoing strategies.
This module is designed to complement the Urban Policy module but participants do not need to attend the Urban Policy module to attend the Urban Toolkit module. This module will highlight tools and resources that are available to USAID staff to help them implement the new urban policy. Examples include geospatial tools, online data, and assessment methodologies.
Defines roles of team members and stakeholders while highlighting their unique perspectives, values, and needs. In an international context and with multi-cultural team members, management of construction projects takes collaboration, communication and coordination to a new level. The importance of a teamwork mentality and necessary elements of a team relationship are essential. In addition, we will address common cultural, ethical, legal, and business practices that can compromise project implementation and management. Also discusses construction contract documents form and content. Participants will identify key contract parts and critical clauses and how they are key to ensuring compliance with USG/USAID regulations. Further, participants learn how these clauses can be used in the settlement of disputes and claims, as well as the negotiation of variation orders and ensuring successful contract closeout in an international setting. Addresses the sustainability challenges faced by construction programs in international development. Participants learn how to ensure sustainability of investments by recognizing the importance of and the inclusion of operation and maintenance, capacity building, and the overall issues related to local procurement processes transparency and efficiency (or lack of it). These are important considerations for COs and CORs in the missions when contracting for infrastructure projects overseas.
The water and infrastructure module will focus on the program priorities outlined in the Agency’s new Water and Development Strategy. The Office of Water will showcase the Water Point, an online programming and technical reference as well as opportunities in Securing Water for Food: a Grand Challenge for Development. The session will feature presentations, discussions, and case examples with field and Washington staff in sustainability issues for both of the Strategy’s objectives: Water for Health and Water for Food Security.
Last updated: October 24, 2013