InterAction Policy Paper Highlights NGO Expertise in Successful Country Transitions

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InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations, released a policy paper on lessons learned from civil society and operational NGOs with experience transitioning the management of development programs to local communities and governments around the world. The paper highlights ten key lessons, chief among them that effective transitions take time and need to be coordinated inclusively well in advance. By working within local communities, planning for challenges and implementing programs across sectors, international NGOs have successfully transitioned out of direct program involvement and institutionalized positive social change.

Other lessons featured in the report include the importance of community mobilization, celebrating progress to motivate local advocates and supporting host communities in generating political will to take over long-term projects.

Over two dozen InterAction member organizations well-versed in effective international development programming contributed lessons and examples of successful transitions. This policy paper compliments existing principles and research informing future USAID strategic transitions.

Read the full policy paper below.