For Immediate Release
Phnom Penh - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded certificates to 26 mid-career professionals for the successful completion of its Program Evaluation Short Course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia today. USAID’s Program Evaluation Short Course, managed by Michigan State University in cooperation with Cambodia’s Royal University of Agriculture, is funded under the Feed the Future program, U.S. President Barack Obama’s global initiative to address food security.
The objective of the 6-month course was to strengthen the skills of Cambodian mid-career professionals in monitoring and evaluation practices in areas related to agriculture, food security, and nutrition. The course curriculum included evaluation methods for measuring both social and economic impacts of agriculture and food security programs, qualitative and quantitative approaches, sampling concepts, and identification of indicators.
USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black acknowledged the hard work and joint efforts of the teams from Michigan State University and the Royal University of Agriculture and commended the course participants for their dedication and commitment. She also announced plans to provide three additional evaluation short-course trainings during the next three years.
Michigan State University was selected by USAID to implement these short courses under the project entitled: “Feed the Future – Impact Evaluation and strengthening local capacity to monitor and evaluate food security, agriculture, and nutrition programs.” The three additional short course trainings over the next three years will train up to an additional 75 mid-career professionals in performance monitoring and evaluation. In addition to short-term training, the project includes scholarship opportunities for students to pursue long-term degree programs in areas of agriculture, food security, and nutrition. These scholarships will fund studies in Cambodian, southeast Asian, and American universities and will build the knowledge and skills necessary for the future development of Cambodia.
In Cambodia, USAID supports a broad range of programs designed to benefit all Cambodians in addition to health, including nutrition, education, economic growth, agriculture, natural resource management, democracy and governance, human rights, and anti-trafficking in persons. USAID provided approximately $65 million in assistance to Cambodia in 2012.
Last updated: January 22, 2016