More Effective Capacity Building Within USAID Forward

This brief outlines the critical importance of local capacity building for effective development and the likely effect of USAID Forward and Procurement Reform (IPR) on that process. We strongly support the aid effectiveness principles informing IPR, including participatory and inclusive country ownership, increased transparency and accountability. However, as currently framed, we believe the IPR strategy faces significant risks related to its capacity building objectives, approaches, indicators and sustainability. The paper includes recommendations on how to tackle these issues and signals confidence in the potential for IPR to better address pressing development deficits.