Under the KEA EAA Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, LINC leads a consortium prepared to design and conduct evaluations, sector studies, assessments, and analyses; develop knowledge management tools, and to conduct trainings in partnership with USAID missions and partners throughout Kenya and the East Africa region.
LINC is leading the “Collaboration Models in USAID Programs: Utilization Focused Research to Promote Effective Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration” research and learning activity. The objective of this global research project is to better understand how collaboration models, have been adapted and applied in the context of USAID activities over the past ten years.
In Mexico, LINC is partnering with local civil society organizations to implement the USAID-funded MSA, which seeks to strengthen the institutional capacities of local stakeholders to collaborate on drafting and implementing concrete actions that contribute to crime and violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and an improved enabling environment to protect human rights.
LINC and a consortium of partners are breaking new ground in the USAID SWS Learning Partnership, which seeks to generate and apply evidence on how systems approaches can improve the sustainability of WASH programs. This activity tests new ideas, approaches, and tools to overcome barriers for improving WASH service sustainability in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.
The USAID-funded KUTY project works with Kosovo’s youth that are vulnerable to social exclusion, by mobilizing and empowering them to effect positive change. Taking a “Positive Youth Development” lens, the program works to build the assets and agency of youth, enabling them to play leadership roles in their communities, to build and support networks, and to contribute to an enabling environment for positive youth development.
USAID-funded TMS works in Honduras to foster competitive, resilient, and inclusive market systems that provide increased economic opportunities for poor and marginalized populations who are often excluded – or even exploited – by traditional market systems. As sub-contractor to ACDI / VOCA, LINC supports TMS’s systems thinking and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities.
Through SPACES, LINC applies a variety of systems analytic approaches to monitor and evaluate complexity. By integrating a systems perspective into USAID’s program cycle, we aim to improve the sustainability of development interventions. LINC helps USAID Missions and Bureaus to think systemically and to use tools such as social network analysis, participatory systems mapping, and outcomes harvesting.
Selected Past Projects
FFS was a research and testing initiative under the USAID Local Works program. The FFS team conducted an in-depth research to identify the most effective strategies for CSOs and donors to catalyze financially sustainable practices. This research served as the basis for on-the-ground testing to analyze and act on real challenging situations compared to the strategies and factors identified through the research. FFS produced a toolkit for donors and CSOs to use to develop strategies to facilitate improved financial sustainability.
The USAID-funded CAPx Activity, led by LINC, was designed to advance the knowledge base, generate and analyze evidence, and adaptively inform USAID’s efforts to catalyze private investment for development outcomes. This global activity was a unique opportunity to examine the way USAID promotes capital mobilization, creates incentives for lending and investment, and leverages private sector involvement.
Under USAID-funded the LSP, LINC led a consortium of five organizations to directly assist USAID’s missions and local actors with using systems-based approaches to address complex development challenges. These approaches would 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.
LINC initiated its partnership with national NGO Fondo Unido Mexico (FUM) in 2014 to support efforts to increase the management capacity of the local organizations it partners with throughout Mexico. Our partnership was scaled-up in 2015 with the support of USAID/Mexico, launching LCDA. LCDA was dedicated to strengthening the local capacity of Mexican CSOs to more effectively serve and advocate for their constituents. LCDA addressed systemic constraints to improving local CSO capacity by creating a locally-managed, locally-resourced capacity building program.
LINC worked with Mercy Corps on the DFID-funded IMAGINE project in Eastern DR Congo, leading a five-year M&E component tracking social capital and accountability for public utility service provision among local actors. LINC’s network analysis methodology helped to facilitate an understanding of networks for collaborating, resolving issues, and influencing decisions related to water and sanitation service provision.
In Nicaragua, 65% of the unemployed are under 30. Services provided by training institutions, employment agencies, and other workforce development actors are only weakly aligned with the demands of employers and job-seekers, and there is little apparent collaboration among them. Using its Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) tool, LINC assessed existing relationships and identified opportunities for youth workforce development network strengthening, as part of the USAID-sponsored “Workforce Connections” Community of Practice.
LINC was engaged by Adeso (Africa Development Solutions, formerly Horn Relief), a rapidly expanding Africa-based international development and humanitarian NGO. Driven by the goal to sustain and grow this dynamic, mission-driven organization within the current competitive market, LINC assisted Adeso to undertake a comprehensive review of its opportunities and operating environment, and refining its strategy for achieving long-term impact and attracting new and diverse funding sources. Adeso partnered with LINC to support and facilitate an organization-wide process to identify and preserve its core strengths while improving program quality and back-office efficiencies.