About the Project
USAID’s localworks program promotes locally-owned and led development by connecting local resources to local actors. It aims to pilot approaches and methods to strengthen local systems and networks, testing the theory that increasingly capable networks of local actors can own and lead development. Under the Local Systems Practice (LSP) three-year activity (2017 – 2020), LINC leads a consortium of five organizations to directly assist United States Agency for International Development (USAID) missions and local actors in using systems-based approaches to address complex development challenges. These approaches will foster a deeper understanding of the overall system; the local constituents, their priorities and relationships within the system; and how a development activity or intervention changes the system over time. The team expects to share insights from the use of these approaches under this activity so that other missions and local actors can more effectively integrate systems thinking into their development programs, leading to more sustained and locally-driven development results.