MSI in Action: COVID-19 Response and Resources
With more than 30 years of experience working in some of the toughest environments in the world, MSI is uniquely positioned to assist our clients in addressing the challenges posed by COVID-19. We are developing and using new work tools and protocols to adapt our capabilities and services to support a more effective response by our clients and partners to the COVID crisis. We are also sharing our newly emerging best practices across multiple communities to facilitate rapid learning cycles in this constantly developing COVID context. See below for the information and resources that have been developed by staff across MSI's technical areas.
MSI is a leader in supporting the scale-up of successful development interventions. We apply our research-based guidelines – the Scaling Up Management Framework and the Scaling Up Toolkit – in a variety of practice areas, including education. Learn more about our Scaling Up services here.
In this post featured on Brookings' Future Development blog, MSI's President Emeritus and Senior Advisor Larry Cooley and Johannes F. Linn review innovative approaches that developing countries can employ to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic successfully and at scale.
Democracy, Governance and Conflict
Development gains are hard to achieve amidst conflict and fragility. In its aftermath, we promote democracy, peace and stability, creating, in turn, a tenable environment for sustainable development progress. Learn more about our democracy and governance and peace and stability services.
We are well-positioned to support the COVID-19 response across a range of services in the MENA region, including emergency preparedness and response, countering violent extremisms, civil society support and behavior change communications.
In this article, MSI Technical Director Jennifer Ulman explains how COVID-19 is impacting conflict and stability around the world, and what prospects for peace exist.
In this blog post, Chief of Party Sherizaan Minwalla shares how COVID-19 is affecting the response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Iraq.
Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis (SEA)
From providing performance monitoring services in non-permissive environments like Afghanistan, Yemen and South Sudan to assisting USAID with robust strategic planning, we help our clients have the data they need at their disposal and use it to make smart programming decisions. Learn more about our SEA services.
The ability to learn and share information amid the pandemic is paramount, yet typical in-person methods for learning and training may not be feasible. Virtual learning will become the new normal amid government
responses to episodic peaks in COVID-19 cases.
MSI's Danielle Burke and Susan Morawetz discuss the need for an evidence-based response as health systems around the world struggle to respond to COVID-19.
MSI's Douglas Krieger explores adapting research approaches for difficult environments.
MSI SEA experts Ali Hayat, Tim Reilly and Gwynne Zodrow explain how we have adapted our third-party monitoring in response to COVID-19 and are implementing these practices in our projects.
We work in partnership with governments and donors in numerous challenging environments to develop strategic approaches to communications and outreach. Learn more about our strategic communications services.
In this blog, MSI Vice President Ellen Yount shares her top tips for crisis communications.
Leadership and Organizational Development
Our experienced organizational development practitioners and trainers have worked with public- and private-sector clients, nonprofits, international organizations and foreign governments in more than 80 countries. We offer solutions customized to an organization’s unique context and environment. Learn more about our leadership and organizational development services here.
MSI's John Haecker outlines our suite of innovative tools and approaches that provide cutting-edge virtual learning solutions.