Making Cents is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year, $19 million task order by USAID to elevate the inclusion of marginalized groups in development programming. The Inclusive Development Activity for Mission Support (IDAMS), awarded under the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Services II (EVAL ME II) IDIQ, will assist USAID in assessing the needs of, engaging with, and supporting the priorities of marginalized and underrepresented groups around the world. This includes elevating the voices of women, youth, children in adversity and their families, older persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people, displaced persons, migrants, indigenous peoples, non-dominant religious groups, non-dominant racial and ethnic groups, people in lower castes, and persons with unmet mental health needs.
Making Cents and our partners will work hand-in-hand with USAID’s Inclusive Development Hub to support Missions and Operating Units. We will conduct inclusive development analyses; provide technical assistance to help USAID include the voices of vulnerable populations in project design; and build the knowledge base around inclusive development through monitoring, evaluation, research, and knowledge management. Our partners in this important work include experts in the inclusion of marginalized groups—Center for Victims of Torture, the Forest Stewardship Council Indigenous Foundation, and the Williams Institute at UCLA—as well as current partners on Making Cents’ EVAL ME II IDIQ team: Mathematica, Management Systems International (MSI), and UNC-Chapel Hill Global Social Development Innovations. Making Cents and its partners look forward to supporting the Agency in ensuring all communities are included in development programming.