Working with USAID Missions to drive innovation and experimentation in locally led development.
USAID’s Local Works program has been at the forefront of locally led development since 2015.
In countries around the world, Local Works seeks to empower local actors to lead their own development, helping to shift USAID’s role to be a catalyst for local change efforts and processes.
More time and greater freedom to pursue locally led programming: USAID Missions apply for the program’s five-year, multi-sectoral funds and tailored technical support through an annual competition. Resources, tools, and opportunities enable USAID Missions to try new development approaches that are more flexible, locally responsive, and locally sustainable, while facilitating learning that benefits the entire Agency.
Where We Work
There are 35 Missions with Local Works programs in all five regions where USAID works:
How the Program Works
A Congressionally-directed program, Local Works enables select USAID Missions to drive innovation and learning in locally led development. Looking towards a future where local actors lead their own development, six principles ground all aspects of Local Works programming:
Local Works Stories from Around the World
Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist Tool: Locally led development is not a single approach, but a range of ways to shift agenda-setting and decision-making power into the hands of local actors. USAID considers this as a spectrum of locally led development approaches.
Participatory Evaluation Guidance Note: Local stakeholders take the lead in all aspects of locally led development processes. This note offers practical guidance and examples to help USAID and its evaluation partners design and carry out evaluations in more participatory, locally led ways.
Local Resource Mobilization: A Case Study from USAID/Serbia Local Works: Find out how partners of USAID’s Local Works program in Serbia effectively mobilize local resources - including money, but also people, their skills and knowledge, physical space, and other assets - in support of development outcomes.
Measuring Organizational Performance Improvement: Perspectives from USAID Mission Staff: Measuring the effectiveness of local capacity strengthening efforts is key to tracking USAID’s progress towards reaching long-term development outcomes. This blog explores key lessons from how USAID Missions are measuring performance improvement.
Local Works Legislation: Read the legislation enacted by Congress that launched the Local Works program in 2015.