Going (hyper)local in the Philippines: A case study of USAID Forward

In this video interview with Devex Senior Analyst Lorenzo Piccio, USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele sheds light on the rationale for her mission’s 40 percent local funding target, and reveals that they may fall just short of this ambitious goal.

Four years into the U.S. Agency for International Development’s localization agenda called Local Solutions — a key pillar of the USAID Forward reform agenda — the premier U.S. aid agency is a little more than halfway toward its target of funneling 30 percent of its funding to local organizations by the end of fiscal 2015.

As USAID missions everywhere struggle to meet the agency’s 30 percent local spending target, the agency’s mission in the Philippines is keen to go even further. Under the leadership of Mission Director Gloria Steele, USAID Philippines has set a goal of channeling 40 percent of its funding locally by next year.

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  • Piccio

    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.