Planning for success from start to exit: A review of literature, policy and practice

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The Stopping As Success project aims to increase learning on transitions in support of locally-led development. This review outlines current thinking on how exits and transition impact the relationship between local and international actors. How do these relationships transition? What role does power play?

To do this, it is necessary to reflect on the context in which such transitions occur, and to consider factors that shape the nature of the relationship between local and international actors through exit processes. The purpose of this review is to understand these realities within which exit strategies have (or have not) developed. Up until recently, the ways in which aid exits have been and/or should be designed and implemented have rarely been addressed by international development scholars and practitioners.

This review of literature, policy and practice has been developed as part of the Stopping As Success project which is being implemented by a consortium consisting of Peace Direct, CDA Collaborative Learning and Search for Common Ground, with support from USAID. The primary goal of this collaborative learning project is to bring greater awareness to the international community of the multiple dynamics at play when ending a development programme and to provide guidelines on how to ensure locally-led development.

The core questions examined by this project are directly linked to a number of learning initiatives in the wider international aid sector focused on locally-led development, local ownership and localisation.

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