Fifty Years Fly By

February 2018
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Ada Jo Mann was Director of The GEM Initiative, a multimillion- dollar grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the leadership and organizational capacity of nongovernmental organizations in all regions of the world. She was the co-creator and first director of the Small Project Assistance Program (SPA), a grant program for Peace Corps volunteers funded by USAID which began in 1983 and is still ongoing.


Author: Ada Jo Mann

Ada Jo Mann began her career in international development and social change as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad from 1967–69. As a partner in Innovation Partners International, she collaborates with clients on strength-based approaches to strategic planning; organization design; and whole system change and has advised and trained over 1500 leaders in more than 50 countries.Contact:

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