Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist Tool
The Locally Led Development Spectrum and Checklist are instruments that USAID’s Locally Led Development Initiatives has developed and are testing to help USAID and our partners think about what locally led development means in practice, including throughout our Program Cycle and across different technical sectors. Both have been adapted for USAID use from Oxfam America and Save the Children’s Local Engagement Assessment Framework (LEAF).
Locally Led Development Spectrum
Locally led development is not a single approach, but a range of ways that USAID, its partners, and communities can work together 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, in which USAID can facilitate increased local leadership in our humanitarian and development work. Our goal, over time, is for our work to increasingly fall on the right-hand side of the spectrum:
Learn more about the Locally Led Development Spectrum here.
Locally Led Development Checklist
The Locally Led Development Checklist is a pause and reflect tool, designed to help USAID Missions and partners consider and adopt locally led approaches at every stage of the development process. Its purpose is to facilitate reflection on how USAID and partners work together towards common goals, and to explore how we can advance locally led development in our work.
The tool is flexible and can be applied to any step, stage, or component of the development process, and at any point in the Program Cycle. It can be used by USAID to reflect on their partnerships with local partners, and by local partners to reflect on their engagement with sub-partners, networks, and constituents. It is paired with a facilitation guide to assist in thinking through modifications.
Please note: the point of the Checklist is not to have all the right answers, but to pause and reflect on where you have been and where you are going. This Checklist can also be used to document the evolution in your thinking about locally led development, which can be helpful for informing activity design, managing adaptively, and planning evaluations.
Note: These tools were adapted by the Locally Led Development Initiatives in USAID’s Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships (LFT) Hub and are currently being pilot tested across various contexts, sectors, and programming in which USAID works. We value your feedback and invite you to share your questions, experiences using these tools, and suggestions for improvement with us at [email protected].