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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Development Hypothesis

A narrative description of the specific causal linkages between Intermediate Results (IRs) and an assistance objective (AO). That are expected to lead to the achievement of the AO. The hypothesis is based on sound development theory, knowledge, and experience within the context of a specific AO. Generally, the term refers to plausible linkages, and not statistically accurate relationships (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

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