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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Oct 04, 2019 03:54 PM

About the Project

USAID has a long history of supporting efforts to combat wildlife trafficking (CWT). These efforts are prioritized due to a dramatic increase in the volume and scope of the threat, and reflected in the February 9th, 2017 Executive Order on enforcing federal law with respect to transnational criminal organizations and preventing international trafficking.

While a common strategy in many programs, there is little supporting information available to practitioners regarding the effectiveness of capacity building approaches or the validity of key assumptions. As USAID begins or ramps up new conservation programs there is an important opportunity for the CWT Learning Group to support cross-mission collaboration to capitalize on previous experiences, share the latest information, and build the evidence base for these approaches. Visit the CWT Learning Group site for more information.

To organize and focus the CWT Learning Group’s efforts, USAID's Office of Forestry and Biodiversity and its Measuring Impact activity developed the CWT Learning Agenda. This Agenda is framed around a common theory of change and seeks to answer learning questions to improve program effectiveness. For this case compilation, applicants are asked to provide specific lessons learned for one of the six learning questions about law enforcement capacity building:

1. What are the characteristics of effective law enforcement capacity building?

2. What are examples of institutional arrangements, such as dedicated units or embed programs, that improved the capacity of enforcement or prosecution staff?

3. What are good examples of systems, particularly judicial systems, that have made improvements in CWT enforcement?

4. What factors are necessary for effective cooperation among national, sub-national, and local authorities, especially for Wildlife Enforcement Networks?

5. What are some successful examples of partnerships used to deliver competency-building activities, and what made them work?

6. For specific audiences: Which competency-building methods and content works best, especially for maintaining skills and retaining staff?

Instructions for Submission

We will publish the winning case studies and invite winners to a USAID-sponsored CWT learning event in early 2018 to include USG and implementing partner leaders in law enforcement for wildlife trafficking. Your case studies will be part of a series of peer-to-peer learning products that will be distributed internationally, reaching a diverse and influential audience.


For more information, contact Claire Price

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