The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) manages a robust portfolio of environmental programs that address pressing global problems, including biodiversity conservation, climate, energy, engineering, and water. With these programs comes a need for effective knowledge management, communications, and training to increase staff skills and abilities. Silos of information hamper development outcomes, creating missed opportunities for shared learning. Integration between activities and tasks is necessary to support long-term solutions and to adapt plans for changing circumstances.
Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) aims to strengthen USAID’s capacity for greater efficiency, learning, and adaptive management. The initiative focuses on enhancing staff’s skills and abilities and developing communications systems that facilitate effective knowledge sharing. SEEK works directly with USAID’s environment offices: Forestry and Biodiversity, Global Climate Change, Energy, Engineering, and Water.
With more efficient systems for learning and sharing and strengthened training processes, USAID staff can better design, implement, and lead programming. Offices, teams, and external partnerships can effectively collaborate to address policy and programmatic priorities, and key audiences can efficiently share and use knowledge to enhance learning for improved programming. Long-term development impact can be continuously strengthened across USAID’s environment offices.