Lessons from Civil Society and Operational NGOs on Strategic Country Transitions for U.S. Development Assistance

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.