Back in May, our partner Women Thrive Worldwide hosted a gender roundtable on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) implementation and procurement reform (IPR) agenda. What came out of that meeting is a smart one-pager—or fact sheet—that explains why IPR is central to building capacity and ensuring development solutions are country-led. “All Development is Local: Making U.S. Assistance Work for Women” provides recommendations about how these reform efforts can meet the needs and garner the expertise of local communities, both women and men, around the world.
Thrive’s recommendations include:
- Work with a broad range of local actors. Specifically, Thrive hopes that USAID “conducts meaningful consultations with a variety of stakeholders before project planning begins.”
- Facilitate an enabling environment for local NGOs to engage in development.
- Offer alternative grant models, such as multi-year grants, small grants for small organizations, and umbrella grant models.
- Improve transparency by identifying all implementing partners, grant and sub-grant recipients, as appropriate, and making selection processes competitive and transparent.
- Do no harm. Thrive writes, “It is critical that development interventions are informed by the local context and avoid causing harm to the very people they are intended to protect.”
MFAN agrees that it is important to bring all stakeholders into the planning process early. To read more of MFAN’s recommendations to ensure sustainable, country-led development, click here.