Latin America and Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean Learning and Rapid Response (LACLEARN)

Latin America and Caribbean Learning and Rapid Response (LACLEARN)


ENGLACLEARN PUBLISHES FY24 Annual Program Statement (APS) for Grants Under Contract (GUCs)

ESLACLEARN FY24 Annual Program Statement (APS) para Grants Bajo Contrato (GUCs)



LAC countries are currently seeing the largest share of declines in democracy-focused Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the region, countries face escalated crime and violence, weakened democratic institutions, increased corruption, and broader democratic and citizen security crises. If not addressed, these factors will impede efforts to promote inclusive growth, reduce poverty, bolster resilience, and strengthen democracy throughout the region. 

Under the Analytical Services IV IDIQ, the LACLEARN Task Order contributes to improving USAID’s DRG and citizen security work in LAC through three key aims: 

1. Analytical Services: Generating evidence through gender-informed analytical research, assessments, and studies. 

2. Learning Support: Facilitating evidence utilization, dissemination, and related capacity building. 

3. Rapid Response: Targeted and short-term technical assistance for transition environments. 

The mechanism has undertaken a demand-based, highly responsive approach to meet USAID stakeholders’ needs. To date, LACLEARN has implemented over 45 research and learning activities and issued over 20 grants to local and regional organizations. LACLEARN has provided direct support to various USAID regional and technical offices based in Washington, as well as over 10 local Missions/offices in LAC. 

LACLEARN is funded and managed by USAID’s Bureau for LAC, specifically the Office for Regional Sustainable Development (LAC/RSD), and accepts Mission buy-ins for select activities. 

Illustrative Activities:

LACLEARN’s LAC/DRG Learning Agenda (2021) prioritizes four learning themes: 1) Citizen Security and Crime/Violence Prevention; 2) Accountable, Transparent, and Effective Governance; 3) Democratic Governance and Authoritarian Resurgence; and 4) Innovations in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL).

Illustrative activities for consideration include: 

  • Conduct targeted studies and assessments tailored to Mission strategic needs, such as diagnostic research on select DRG trends. 
  • Develop toolkits for practitioners to promote best practices in LAC/DRG program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Facilitate regional learning events to highlight technical innovations, share lessons learned, and build communities of practice across LAC. 
  • Provide targeted and short-term technical assistance to support country-level response preparedness in transition environments, such as rapid research and learning support. 
  • Mobilize grants for local research and learning initiatives (see Y4 Annual Program Statement).
  • Implement an Evidence Help Desk to support urgent evidence needs on select themes. 


Key Evidence Products (2020-2024):

To date, LACLEARN has produced over 55 analytical products (e.g., reports, briefs, guides) for USAID, USG, and local stakeholders in support of DRG and citizen security in LAC. These include:

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