Results for Success Stories
Championing the LCS Policy
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A Local Partner with a Global Impact
Founded over three decades ago, local Paraguayan nongovernmental organization Fundación Paraguaya started as a small office with just seven employees. Today, it has a workforce of 440 individuals spread across 28 offices in Paraguay, as well as a satellite office in Tanzania.
Sep 19, 2023
Championing the LCS Policy
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USAID’s Local Capacity Strengthening Policy: Local Context Matters
I use a quote in my email sign-off that’s a blend of others. It encapsulates what I’ve seen over the years: “Helping a community help itself might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for that community.”
Aug 16, 2023
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The Team Sayari Partnership: Mixing Global and Local for Success
Just outside Nairobi National Park, down a bumpy, dusty road, sits WildlifeDirect’s Wildlife Warriors Field Lab. While currently the camp is composed of several temporary structures and tents, WildlifeDirect, a Kenyan non-governmental organization, has a vision: to use the power of filmmaking, media, and education to shape the next generation’s attitudes and behaviors around Africa’s environment and wildlife.
Aug 14, 2023
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How USAID Is Advancing Locally Led LGBTQI+ Inclusive Development
A Q&A with Michael Heflin and Stephen Leonelli on the Alliance for Global Equality What is the background of the Alliance for Global Equality? [Stephen Leonelli] The Alliance for Global Equality is the outcome of nearly two years of co-creation with Outright International and the LGBTQ+ Victory Institute.
Jul 19, 2023
Championing the LCS Policy
People wearing bright yellow vests and blue helmets sort through rubble in Beirut, Lebanon.
Preparing for the Next Crisis: USAID's Local Capacity Strengthening Policy
One thing all of us in development and humanitarian work know is that when it comes to crises, it’s not a matter of if, but when. In recent years I’ve learned that one of the best ways to prepare for crises is to build strong, trusting relationships with local partners. Fortunately, USAID has a new resource to help us do that. The Agency’s Local Capacity Strengthening Policy is helping us forge stronger, more equitable local partnerships so that we are better prepared to respond when the inevitable happens.
Jul 5, 2023
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Setting a New Course for Partnerships in Zambia
“USAID is not a speedboat, we are a freighter,” states USAID/Zambia Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer Mike Capobianco, or “Capo” as his colleagues call him. Noting the long history of localization efforts that have been underway at USAID for years under various names, he acknowledges that the shift toward working directly with more local partners is challenging for a large agency like USAID.
Jun 22, 2023
Championing the LCS Policy
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USAID's Local Capacity Strengthening Policy: Championing Local Changemakers
I’ve been working to strengthen local capacity in Malawi for my entire career. And after witnessing too many missed opportunities, I have to say that I am now so excited about the Local Capacity Strengthening Policy.
May 17, 2023
A row of people farming in a field in Odisha, India.
Ten Local Organizations Leading the Charge in Protecting the Environment and Combating Climate Change
Happy Earth Day! We have selected 10 organizations from the Partner Directory to highlight the positive impacts locally-led development can have on the environment. We aim to celebrate these organizations that serve as inspiring examples of what can be achieved when people come together to work toward a common goal.
Apr 21, 2023
Championing the LCS Policy
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USAID's Local Capacity Strengthening Policy: Start with the "Why"
A few weeks ago, I was visiting with a local partner team and talking with them about their goals. I asked, “Why are you doing this work? What do you want to achieve?”
Mar 30, 2023
Tips from a Local Partner: How a Female-Fronted Foundation Approaches USAID Partnership
Tucked amidst rice terraces and forests lining the hills of Tublay, a municipality of Benguet in the Philippines’s Luzon island, stand the training center and offices of Alay sa Kapatid Foundation (AKAP).
Mar 22, 2023