Local First in practice

Unlocking the power to get things done

Local First in practice is a detailed study of models for locally led development projects, as part of the Local First initiative. This study addresses a fundamental problem of current aid practice. Because the sector focuses on the provision of external resources, it is dominated by donor agendas and often ignores existing capacities in recipient countries. This has some damaging and distorting consequences for local agency and ownership, and can lead to inappropriate and misconceived interventions that end up exacerbating the very problems it aims to solve.

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Local First

Development for the twenty-first century

Written by six international development agencies, Local First examines successful peacebuilding programmes that have been led by local people. It ranges across many aspects of preventing and resolving conflicts – from disarming rebels in DR Congo, to supporting small and medium enterprises in Afghanistan, from holding governments to account in Timor-Leste, to improving justice in Cambodia.

These issues reflect the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011, which identified as key priorities the improvement of security, justice and livelihoods in conflict zones.

“This book offers independent evidence of the effectiveness of peacebuilding when it is led by local people not outsiders. It reflects the findings of many organisations that believe in the power of local leadership.” – Carolyn Hayman OBE, Peace Direct

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