Locally Led Development Innovation

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and costeffective interventions to catalyze locally led development in developing countries. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites organizations, companies, academic and research institutions, and investors to participate in bolstering investment through innovative approaches that both satisfy the objectives of locally led development and support sustainable development outcomes. This BAA seeks to incorporate innovative ideas and unorthodox partnerships that can achieve sustainable results.

USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3/LS), created the BAA for Locally Led Development Innovation to expand the Agency’s work to empower local actors to lead priority-setting, decision-making, resource mobilization, management, and measurement of development efforts in their own communities. Specific opportunities to do so will be provided through Addenda issued under this BAA.

Open Period: May 31, 2019 to May 30, 2021

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Areas of Interest

Addendum 1: New Directions in Advancing Locally Led Development

USAID looks forward to the day when foreign assistance is no longer necessary. The Agency seeks to partner directly with local leaders, networks, and institutions to better enable and empower communities to respond to complex development challenges with smarter, more resilient, and home-grown solutions. USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3/LS), leads the Agency’s efforts of promoting locally led development, an important objective under the Journey to Self-Reliance. 

E3/LS promotes learning and evaluation, provides expert technical assistance, and is building a culture and capacity within USAID around local ownership. The Office equips Agency Operating Units with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to: leverage local capacities and resources; engage with local systems in ways that build upon and strengthen local leadership, capacity, and self-reliance; and be inclusive of marginalized populations. E3/LS’s underlying theory of change is that when local people exercise greater leadership and decision-making power throughout the development process, local ownership to sustain development outcomes over time is enhanced. Further, the Office recognizes that commitment and capacity exist everywhere we work. 

Through this Addendum to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Locally Led Development Innovation, USAID is interested in identifying opportunities for co-creation, co-design, co-investment, and collaboration on research and development activities that advance knowledge and practice around donor support for locally led development. The Addendum addresses five thematic areas: engaging the local private sector; conflict, post-conflict and non-permissive environments; effective partnerships; the changing role of the donor; and local giving, philanthropy, and other private resources. 

Organizations may submit more than one Expression of Interest - but each Expression of Interest should clearly address only one of the five areas of focus.

Please submit your expression of interest in English to LLD-BAA@usaid.gov no later than 11:59pm EDT on Friday, July 12, 2019.



Consistently since 2000, Jamaica has been noted for crime and violence, with the primary source of social violence being related to gangs and youth violence which have been the main contributors to community violence. Within this context, boys are the main perpetrators and victims of violence, with the more violent communities providing greater protection for the violence producers. The significant incidence of violence occurs from disputes and rivalries, both within and between gangs. Gun violence, particularly retaliatory violence, is the predominant feature of this community violence. Other features include interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence; assault and battery; as well as juvenile delinquency including substance abuse. All of these may result in short- and long-term negative impacts for individuals and communities. 

USAID/Jamaica is interested in identifying opportunities for co-creation, co-design, coinvestments, and collaboration to advance knowledge and practice for locally led development. These solutions may include applied research and development interventions to address gaps in knowledge and practice, and designing and testing new approaches relevant to USAID and other donors. Proposers should also consider how their approaches might incorporate gender equality and women’s empowerment or support marginalized communities. 

USAID/Jamaica has identified three areas of interest with regard to community violence prevention. Organizations may submit more than one Expression of Interest in response to this Addendum – but each Expression of Interest should clearly address only one of the areas of focus below:

a. Enhance police-youth partnerships for effective violence prevention

b. Support parents and families to prevent youth violence 

c. Develop pathway programs for youth at-risk of violence 

Please submit your expression of interest in English to jmopportunities@usaid.gov no later than 4:00 pm local Jamaican time on July 5, 2019.


Addedum 3: Innovation Driven Development in Serbia 

This Addendum # 03 to Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) BAA-OAA-LLDI-2019 seeks Expressions of Interest on game changing solutions to advance innovation-driven/knowledgebased development and improve the overall environment for innovation driven development in Serbia. 

USAID/Serbia has identified (thus far) two major challenges to the comprehensive expansion of innovation driven development in Serbia:

1) Inadequate domestic institutional support capacity and regulatory framework to support innovative initiatives and companies.

2) Limited access to adequate financing

Each Expression of Interest should clearly address one of the two challenge areas listed above. Any applicant may submit more than one Expression of Interest, as along each Expression of Interest addresses only one challenge. 

Deadline: Aug. 16, 2019


Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 30, 2021