“Stopping As Success: planning for success from start to exit” (SAS) is a three-year USAID-funded collaborative learning project that is looking at responsible exits and transitions of INGOs from a variety of different contexts. It is being implemented by a consortium consisting of Peace Direct, Search for Common Ground and CDA Collaborative Learning.
The primary goal of the project is to bring greater awareness to the international community of the multiple dynamics at play when ending a development programme and provide guidelines on how to ensure locally-led development. We will seek examples of a variety of INGOs exits and transitions in support of locally-led development from a number of social, economic and political contexts. Exits can be seen as a success because sustainable outcomes have been achieved or because continued intervention may only serve to distort local efforts.
To date, we have conducted case studies in Bosnia, Colombia, Kenya, Morocco, the Philippines and Thailand. We will be carrying out further case studies in Bangladesh, Burundi, India, Mali and Timor-Leste. Case studies represent different types and levels of exits, including the phasing-out, phasing-over and complete closure of development and peacebuilding projects.
We presented key insights from case studies to date at the InterAction Forum in Washington D.C. in collaboration with World Vision. We also delivered our first regional workshop, where we brought together a range of INGOs and donors to critically engage with issues at the centre of aid exits and transitions. This step in our collaborative learning process has been critical to generating findings and policy recommendations that are grounded in broader experience and contain both generalisable lessons and context-specific examples. Subsequent workshops will be held in different locations and regions of the world.
In particular, our learning approach will include intentional prioritisation and inclusion of local researchers and local organisations to best inform learning about the impacts of closing out projects.
We want to hear from you
If you are aware of any INGO exits or transitions, we would like to hear from you. This may be a process you were directly involved in, one that you interacted with only indirectly, or one that you are aware of through research or other sources.
Please complete the short form below including information on: the type of project; timeframe of exit and the names of organisations involved. Please also include why you think the example is of significance to this topic.