USAID has just provided a detailed update on its goal to direct 25% of its funding to local actors by 2025. Earlier this year, Publish What You Fund investigated the measurement of this 25% target and concluded that the choice of methodology could determine whether more than US$1.4 billion of additional funding is channeled to local actors each year. So we have been taking a close look at USAID’s progress report and the measures used.
How USAID counts “local” will have a big impact on funding for local partners. Our new Metrics Matter report shows what difference it makes. Catch upon the launch, co-hosted with MFAN, and the discussion on the findings and their policy implications.
Almost as soon as USAID announced its target that 25% of its funding would go to local partners, the debate began over the definition of what counts as “local” and how to measure it. According to Publish What You Fund’s groundbreaking new research, the choice of methodology could determine whether more than $1.4 billion of additional funding is channeled to local actors each year.
In November 2021, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power threw down a challenge for her organisation: by 2025, 25% of USAID’s funding would go to local organisations. The details of how to measure this important metric, however, remains an open question. Given our experience with open data sources, we decided to try to develop a replicable methodology using available data that USAID already publishes. In this blog, Sally Paxton summarises what our exploratory analysis has shown, and how our new methodology can help to track progress towards locally led development.
Many donors have adopted targets to direct more funding to local organisations. But past efforts to track funding flows have often struggled to agree on a definition of local. In this blog we present an approach we’ve been testing for six months. Using USAID as an example, we’ve been working to understand, interpret and present existing data in a way that enables stakeholders to undertake analysis and track funding based on their own definitions of local.