Internal and External Consultations
The Mission designed the MCST with an awareness that 2022 was a national election year, ushering in a new government and, with it, a change in political context in which USAID would be implementing the final years of its CDCS. Consequently, the Mission decided to divide the MCST into two parts: a retrospective workshop during which the Mission would analyze and reflect on its performance and progress, described above; and a prospective workshop to consider how changes with new national and local government administrations and the abatement of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines would affect the CDCS strategy, and to discuss whether and how to adapt the Mission’s strategy.
Once the elections were complete and the new government was in place, CLAimDev engaged experts to rapidly assess the new context, changing dynamics, and national government’s priorities in six sectors: basic education, higher education, environment and energy, economic growth, and democracy, human rights, and governance. The experts prepared six sector analyses and a synthesis report to serve as a core reference for the Mission’s MSCT partner consultation.