“Stopping As Success: Transitioning to Locally Led Development” (SAS) is a collaborative learning project looking at responsible exists and transitions of INGOs in different contexts.
The primary goal of the project is to promote locally led development by bringing greater awareness to the international community of the multiple dynamics at play when transitioning or ending a development program and to provide practical guidelines and resources.
Since 2017, the SAS consortium has explored real-life examples of aid exits and transitions, conducting 20 case studies involving local and international organizations in 13 contexts: Bosnia, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Morocco, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, Bangladesh, Burundi, India, Guatemala, and Timor-Leste.
As well as in-country research, a key part of this learning project is to encourage important discussions around responsible aid exits and transitions to locally led development.
To do this, we convened regional workshops to bring together organizations who participated in our case studies. This allowed us to not only continue the discussion, but collect feedback on the tools and guidelines we had developed.
We participated in events in London, Washington D.C and New York, to elevate the conversation around responsible aid transitions among the development and peacebuilding communities, and with donors and INGOs.
Our aim is to better understand how development and peacebuilding projects end, and how their outcomes can be sustained through responsible transitions and genuine partnerships. The SAS project aims to provide practical resources that local organizations, INGOs and donors can use to inform their own journeys to work that is locally led and sustained through communities.
As our name suggests, we see endings not as a full stop, but as the possibility for successful new beginnings. We hope that Stopping As Success is the beginning of wider discussions into responsible aid exits and transitions, and will inform the actions and values that underpin international aid assistance.
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