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Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS)

About the Project

For local actors to take the lead in development, local organizations must have sufficient and appropriate financial resources for long-term planning and implementation. Although many resources exist to help local civil society organizations (CSOs) diversify and improve their financial sustainability models, uptake is low and the challenges to sustainability are heavily context-dependent, often beyond the capacities for any one local organization.

The USAID Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS) project was launched in 2017 to develop and test ways that different actors (including donors, policymakers, intermediary organizations, and CSOs themselves) can work together to improve the factors that drive local organizations’ financial sustainability in different development contexts.

As part of USAID Local Works Program, FFS relied on a combination of research and on-ground testing approaches to improve local organization financial sustainability to support the Local Works’ goal of enabling local communities to drive their own development.

The FFS project was jointly implemented by LINC, Peace Direct and Foundation Center (now Candid).

The FFS project had two distinct phases: a research phase and a collective action learning phase.

Phase I: Financial Sustainability Research

FFS analyzed data from over 120 interviews and over 1,800 grants supporting CSO financial sustainability in six countries. Research culminated in the publication of three research papers in 2018 and contributed to the sector’s understanding of which factors are most conducive to strong CSO financial sustainability and how this sustainability is connected to local ownership of development.

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Phase II: “Action Learning Groups” Implementation

FFS took insights from the research and put them into practice in Colombia, DRC, and Uganda through  “Action Learning Groups” (ALGs) – coalitions of local stakeholders interested in collectively identifying opportunities to improve the local conditions for CSO financial sustainability in their context.

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Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS)
Multi-Stakeholder Strengthening Activity
Multi-Stakeholder Strengthening Activity
Collective Action in USAID Programming
Collective Action in USAID Programming
Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures (GLP-IF)
Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures (GLP-IF)

USAID-funded Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures (GLP-IF) is a five-year program that aims to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities. LINC serves as the technical lead for two distinct components of the program: Systems Thinking and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA).

Ghana MEL Platform Activity
Ghana MEL Platform Activity
Ethiopia Resilience Learning Activity
Ethiopia Resilience Learning Activity

The Ethiopia Resilience Learning Activity helps USAID and partners to better understand what relief and development interventions can help make households, communities, and systems more resilient.

Monitoring and Evaluation Support for Adaptation (MESA) Activity
Monitoring and Evaluation Support for Adaptation (MESA) Activity
Final Performance Evaluation of the Local Partner Development Activity
Final Performance Evaluation of the Local Partner Development Activity
Expanding Access to Justice Program Evaluation
Expanding Access to Justice Program Evaluation
Kenya AVCD Program Performance Evaluation
Kenya AVCD Program Performance Evaluation
Communities of Practice for Effective Partnerships (COPE) Activity
Communities of Practice for Effective Partnerships (COPE) Activity
Southern Mexico – Generating Employment and Sustainability (SURGES)
Southern Mexico – Generating Employment and Sustainability (SURGES)
IGAPP Activities Midterm and Final Performance Evaluations
IGAPP Activities Midterm and Final Performance Evaluations
Facilitating Financial Sustainability
Facilitating Financial Sustainability
Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS)
Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS)
SPACES MERL
SPACES MERL
Mexico Local Capacity Development
Mexico Local Capacity Development
Local Systems Practice (LSP)
Local Systems Practice (LSP)
Transforming Market Systems Activity (TMS)
Transforming Market Systems Activity (TMS)
Kosovo Up To Youth
Kosovo Up To Youth
CAPx (Capital Impact Exchange) Activity
CAPx (Capital Impact Exchange) Activity
DRC IMAGINE Project
DRC IMAGINE Project
ADESO Organizational Development
ADESO Organizational Development