Locally Led Development Research

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Generating evidence and learning to drive a more effective approach to locally led development

USAID supports locally led development research. USAID looks to collaborate with the top thought leaders in the development space to harness the power of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to generate new knowledge, tools, and approaches that empower local actors and contribute to USAID’s knowledge and practice of locally led development.

Who We Work With


The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Locally Led Development Innovation provides an umbrella structure under which Missions and Operating Units (OUs) can post Addenda seeking local solutions to development challenges. As an Agency leader in co-creation with local organizations,  USAID’s Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub provides technical support and facilitation to all USAID Missions and OUs seeking to use this mechanism. OUs seeking to learn more can contact LLD-BAA@usaid.gov.


The BAA does not serve as a general solicitation for submissions. Instead, interested applicants must respond to specific Addenda that may be issued throughout the year by USAID Missions and Operating Units. To learn more, visit the tab titled “Related Documents” to see if a current opportunity exists for your specific country and sector.

Where We Work


How the Program Works

USAID supports locally led development research through the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process. The BAA is a competitive and collaborative research and development process used to seek innovative solutions to development challenges from public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit partners.
As part of this process, USAID develops a research agenda. In May 2019, USAID released “New Directions in Advancing Locally Led Development,” outlining the five thematic areas for research:  engaging the local private sector; conflict, post-conflict and non-permissive environments; effective partnerships; the changing role of the donor; and local giving, philanthropy, and other private resources.

Research (2017-2020)

USAID’s research agenda during this time looked to address the following questions:

  • How can USAID more effectively support locally led development?
  • What are some of the challenges that need to be addressed in order to reach this goal?

The following are examples of the research conducted to answer these questions:

In 2019, Stopping As Success convened a workshop to get feedback from stakeholders in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Last updated: April 08, 2022

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