May 2-3, 2016
APLU Office – 1307 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Early bird member rate: $175
Early bird non-member rate: $275
Join the APLU Knowledge Center for Advancing Development through Higher Education for a two-part dialogue on systems thinking and the role of higher education in sustaining local development. Day 1 will center on USAID’s Local Systems framework for supporting sustained development and the broader Local Solutions reform initiative within the Agency. Local Solutions grew out of one of the flagship initiatives under USAID Forward, and the Local Systems framework “contributes to the ongoing transformation of the way the Agency does business by defining steps toward realizing a vision of development that is locally owned, locally led and locally sustained.” The dialogue seeks to help the higher education community to understand how systems thinking is affecting USAID programming across all sectors and to discuss the role that higher education institutions play in “sustaining development.”
Day 2 builds upon this discussion, with perspectives from a variety of development actors who focus on the role of higher education in development. Panelists from the World Bank, USAID, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and others will discuss their views on the role of higher education in societal development and the priorities they see for investment in higher education institutions and educational systems in different parts of the world. The discussion will also address the role that external assistance (in all its forms) can most effectively play in supporting higher education transformation and development.
Topics and Questions to be addressed
- Introduction to Local Solutions and USAID’s Local Systems Framework.
- What does systems thinking mean for USAID programs moving forward?
- What are the implications of systems thinking for investments in higher education?
- What is the role of higher education in supporting sustained development?
- What does a project proposal that takes a systems approach look like?
- How does a systems approach affect project monitoring and evaluation?
- How does systems thinking affect our understanding of “capacity building”?
- What have been your organizations priorities/goals for your investments in higher education? Are they changing?
- What ideas/theories/assumptions underlie your strategy to support higher education?
- What kinds of changes in higher education are you trying to achieve through your investments?
- What have you learned about how to be an effective “external” source of support to higher education institutions and systems?