Co-Created Research Initiatives

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Locally-led maize planting training.
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Since 2015, USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability (E3/LS) has partnered with four consortia conducting research and development on ways to support locally led development that were co-created using a Broad Agency Announcement process.

  • Stopping as Success (SAS) Peace Direct with Search for Common Ground and CDA is studying responsible INGO exits to support locally led development in 13 countries. SAS seeks to raise international NGOs’ and donors’ awareness of the multiple dynamics at play when ending a development program - and provide key lessons and tools to facilitate sustainable transitions.
  • Local Systems Practice (LSP) LINCwith ANSER, AVSI, Practical Action, University of Missouri, and University of Notre Dame is enhancing locally led development by using systems-based tools and approaches to facilitate improved understanding of the complex systems within which local actors operate. LSP is currently delivering a three-module systems training course for local development organizations from across Latin America and Asia. LSP has also worked directly with three Local Works Missions – Macedonia, Morocco, and the Philippines – to co-create and pilot systems-based initiatives.
  • Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS)  LINC with Peace Direct and Foundation Center is studying factors influencing the financial sustainability of civil society organizations in different contexts to help increase local ownership of development. FFS’ topics include: resource mobilization through social enterprise; financial sustainability in non-permissive environments; and non-financial resources. Its applied research activities are ongoing in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.
  • Capacity 2.0 Root Change with Keystone Accountability is testing alternative approaches for supporting, sustaining, and measuring locally-led development in Malawi. Capacity 2.0 is also developing a platform for collecting constituent feedback and mapping system actors.


For more information about the Co-Created Research Initiatives, please contact

To learn more about E3/LS’ other programs, visit the Office of Local Sustainability's webpage.

Last updated: October 03, 2019

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