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Local Systems Practice (LSP)

About the Project

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Local Works 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, further testing the theory that increasingly capable networks of local actors can own and lead development.

About the Local Systems Practice Consortium

Under the Local Systems Practice (LSP) three-year activity (2017 – 2020), LINC leads a consortium of five organizations to directly assist USAID Missions and local actors in using systems-based approaches to address complex development challenges. These approaches are intended to 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 LSP Approach

Our consortium partners include top academics and seasoned development practitioners. Our application of systems tools is guided by the most current developments in social science research and grounded in development experience. LSP’s approaches draw from a variety of traditional social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, and political science as well as an array of systems thinking tools including Social Network Analysis and Causal Loop Diagramming.

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.

The LSP team currently has three distinct Mission engagements with USAID/Morocco, USAID/Philippines, and USAID/Macedonia.

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