Co-Created Research Initiatives

Maze planting training
Locally-led maize planting training.
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In 2015, USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability notified the public of the opportunity to collaborate with USAID to find better ways of supporting locally-led development. Ideas included ways to strengthen networks of local actors, increase access to domestic resources, map local networks, understand constituent perspectives, monitor complex social changes, measure and track shifts in social capital, and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes.

  • Stopping as Success (Peace Direct with Search for Common Ground and CDA) is studying responsible INGO exits to support locally led development in 13 countries. The primary goal of the project is to raise INGOs’ 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 (LINC with ANSER, AVSI, Practical Action, University of Missouri, and University of Notre Dame) seeks to enhance 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 Philippines – to co-create and pilot systems-based initiatives.
  • Facilitating Financial Sustainability (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. Topics include: resource mobilization through social enterprise; financial sustainability in non-permissive environments; and non-financial resources. 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 our other programs, visit the Office of Local Sustainability's webpage.

Last updated: February 11, 2019

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