Stopping as Success: Locally Led Transitions in Development (SAS+)

Project Overview

Stopping as Success: Locally Led Transitions in Development  (SAS+) builds on learning outcomes over the past three years from the consortium’s existing evidence base about “what works” in responsible transitions. In the original SAS program (2017-2020), the consortium conducted 20 case studies of responsible transitions in 13 countries, identified and explored a series of key themes through an in-depth process of cross-case analysis, and distilled relevant lessons learned into a set of practical tools and resources.

The research papers, tools, and resources were then validated through regional evidence review workshops with development and peacebuilding stakeholders representing constituencies across the Global North and South. These findings were pulled together in a book What Transformation Takes: Evidence of Responsible INGO Transitions to Locally Led Development Around the World. The book discusses how shifts in international development paradigms can lead to more sustainable, effective and culture- and conflict-sensitive partnerships, contributing to increased local leadership. 


SAS+ will focus on three key objectives during this phase of the project. 

  1. Understanding how best to support local organizations, international partners and USAID to facilitate local leadership in responsible transitions.
  2. Operationalize locally led development in responsible and sustainable transition processes. 
  3. Understand the scalability of the tools and influence the wider development system

Below is a short video clip from the ‘Tea Time with Stopping As Success’ event held in May, 2021. The event’s conversation drew on Stopping As Success’ case studies, and recent book, as examples of how development can be done differently.

Project Funders

Learning Partners

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For more SAS resources, including case studies, practical tools, blog posts, and other research findings, please visit the Stopping As Success Resource Library.

Our People

Grace Boone, Program Manager

Ruth Rhoads Allen, President and Chief Collaboration Officer

Hasangani Edema, Program Coordinator