USAID /Senegal: Local Capacity development
USAID/Senegal is putting a new emphasis on partnership with for-profit and non-profit nongovernmental organizations (NGO) registered in Senegal through its Local Capacity Development (LCD) program. Organizations wishing to be included in a new database of potential partners to take part in small grant activities funded under the LCD initiative can register here.
The LCD approach is part of a reform effort led by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah in 2011 to modernize and strengthen USAID so that it can meet pressing development challenges and work more efficiently towards its ultimate goal – creating conditions where our work is no longer needed.
Through the LCD, USAID seeks to work with local partners, including government, NGOs, private sector firms, and universities, who can assist with programs, as well as to help build the capacity of smaller, grassroots organizations and government entities to maximize the impact of USAID’s programs on the local level.
Since March 2011, a multidisciplinary team at USAID/Senegal has worked to reform its methods procurement and implementation through LCD. In the coming years, USAID seeks to implement up to a third of its procurements through local organizations.
Through LCD, USAID will seek to procure the services of registered local and regional NGOs working in the domains of health, economic growth, agriculture, natural resources management, education, and governance.
On this page you will also find some stories of how the LCD program was developed, how USAID currently works with local organizations, and the lessons that USAID has learned as the approach has developed, a project management guide for new partners, the template for our Organizational Capacity Assessments through which we evaluate our potential new LCD partners, and more.