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About our Research Services

LINC manages a portfolio of action research initiatives, assessing best practices, strategies and impacts of development efforts that empower local actors to lead their own development.

Our research is conducted in collaboration with local and international universities, think tanks, NGO, government and private sector partners, such as The Foundation Center, Resilient Africa Network and Makerere University.

LINC regularly participates on learning panels and facilitates the New York Sustained Global Impact forum. Our research approach builds rigorous learning into piloting and practice in diverse contexts throughout the world.

Research in Action

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LINC issued a research report on how the COVID-19 has affected Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), its work, its staff, and the communities where they work. The report also provides questions posed by CSOs to international development stakeholders. To read the full report click here.

Working in partnership with the Foundation Center and Peace Direct, LINC has conducted extensive research on the attributes and drivers of financial sustainability for local organizations in diverse locations throughout the developing world over the three year period. Read our research and view funding network maps on the Facilitating Financial Sustainability research site. Read more.

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As part of the five-year, Sustainable WASH Systems initiative, LINC leads research and learning on the application of network analysis and collective action approaches to complex water and sanitation systems. This includes research and learning documentation from our activities in Ethiopia and Cambodia. Read more.

Working in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, the Resilient Africa Network, and Global Knowledge Initiative, LINC authored the “Systems & Complexity White Paper”, a how-to manual for USAID missions, operating units and partners on the application of systemic design, monitoring & evaluation practices into international development programming. Read more.