Title

Reporting for Learning and Decision-Making: Reflective Practice Phase at the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Degree Name

MS in Management

First Advisor

Maliha Khan

Abstract

This reflective practice paper looks at how reporting, a component of monitoring and evaluation, contributes to organizational learning and decision-making at the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A (AKF USA). The scope is a monetization grant that sells nonfat dry milk powder donated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund an Education Dairy and Nutrition Program (EDNP) in Tajikistan. I found out that learning and action in response to learning occur at AKF USA by exchanging with the grant manager, one of its coordinator and a representative from USDA, the donor. AKF USA has made changes to the EDNP’s objectives and activities from learning from this program’s reports to improve its operations, communication with donor, and implementing partners. It is a learning organization that is still working on better measuring the impact of this 5 year program, and improving its reporting system. The program design is congruent with the foundation’s integrated approach to development that combines activities to generate changes for the communities it serves. Congruence with its claimed participatory approach needs to be determined given the design process from the headquarters to the field, the impossibility to indicate whether the program recipients are fully involved in decision-making beyond implementation, and will be able to sustain it after graduating from the foundation’s assistance.

Disciplines

International Business | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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