IRD Community Outreach and Capacity Building Approach Highlighted at USAID Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 19, 2012 CONTACT: MELISSA PRICE 571-366-1596 PRESS@IRD-DC.ORG ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected International Relief and Development (IRD)’s Community Outreach and Capacity Building (COCB) model to be highlighted at its Local Capacity Development Summit this week. Key to IRD’s success in working in difficult environments is use of the COCB service model, which ensures successful project delivery by addressing the capacity needs of all core players, including the government and public sector, the private sector, and beneficiary communities. Use of the COCB model improves government buy-in and community acceptance of development projects, reduces risk, and increases local capacity to deliver results – and maintain them after the formal programs are completed. While the approach is tailored to each project, the overarching goal is to support local governments and communities to manage their needs independently for the long term.

IRD presented its capacity development case study on Afghanistan, where it successfully applied the COCB model to a very large road and bridge construction project during 2008–2011. IRD worked with local construction contractors to improve their design and construction management capacity, with the national government to provide oversight, and with local communities and governments to resolve conflicts and implement locally-led development projects. As a result of this integrated approach, the capacity of government to budget, plan, and oversee infrastructure construction greatly increased. In

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addition, dozens of local firms now have the ability to bid on, manage, and complete complex infrastructure construction projects. And thousands of communities have new skills, revitalized local infrastructure, and, most importantly, a more trusting and productive relationship with their government. You can view IRD’s COCB presentation on Slideshare and review the COCB paper on Scribd. To schedule an interview with an IRD expert on COCB, contact Melissa Price at mprice@ird-dc.org or 571-366-1596.

For more information on IRD’s programs around the world, visit www.ird.org, and visit the IRD Voices blog to read first-hand accounts from IRD staff in the field. You can also stay up-to-date on IRD’s latest news by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@ird_voices), Flickr, or YouTube.
IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stabilization, and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure.

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