“Stopping As Success: Transitioning to Locally Led Development” (SAS) is a three-year USAID funded collaborative learning project which aims to provide positive examples and guidance for how international development actors can foster locally led development through successful and responsible transitions out of projects or relationships with partners. SAS has produced 20 case studies of transitions in 13 countries, and over 20 resources and practical tools to inform transition processes for INGOs, NGOs/CSOs and donors.

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 ending a development program and to provide practical guidelines and resources.

Since 2017, the SAS consortium has looked at 20 case studies of INGOs transitions in 13 contexts: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Republic of Georgia, Kenya, Morocco, the Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, Bangladesh, Burundi, India, Guatemala and Timor-Leste.

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Who we are

Peace Direct is an international charity dedicated to stopping wars, one person at a time. They believe that local people have the power to find their own solutions to conflict. In conflict zones around the world, Peace Direct supports local communities to stop violence and build sustainable peace.

Conflict and differences are inevitable. Violence is not. Search for Common Ground partners with people around the world to ignite shared, constructive solutions to destructive conflicts. They work at all levels of society to build sustainable peace through dialogue, media and community.

CDA Collaborative Learning is an action research and advisory organization that bridges the gap between theory and practice to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding, development and humanitarian organizations, and responsible businesses working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

The three consortium organizations leading SAS were brought together by a common belief in local leadership. Driven by our global experience learning from and with organizations in diverse global contexts, and drawing on complementary expertise, SAS is an opportunity to contribute to shifting the power.

The SAS consortium members have produced a number of publications over the years from previous projects on aid effectiveness, locally led development and local ownership. To learn more, visit SAS Community »