LINC was founded with a commitment to what is today called “locally led development.” As such, we are pleased to see the development community embrace this idea and navigate its intricacies, inclusive of USAID’s still young Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS) policy.
As part of our commitment to regularly examine our own work and the challenges of ‘doing’ localization, and to critically reflect on localization as an initiative, we are producing a series of blog posts dedicated to examining the LCS policy.
We want to know what the international development community thinks, so we hope these blogs ignite fruitful conversations that lead to more thoughtful and effective partnerships with our host-country counterparts, and more aligned development priorities.
Blog No. 1
Localization Humbles Us to Follow the Lead of Local Priorities
“How do we know what local priorities are in local systems? How do we know what capacities local actors already have? How do we know which local actors want support to strengthen their capacities? What capacities do local actors already have?” These are some of the questions that guided the discussion for this first blog.
In this blog, we share our experience with and recommendations for implementing principle No. 4 of the LCS policy: Align Capacity Strengthening with Local Priorities. (We also discuss why we start with No. 4!).
Full post here.