The Local Economic Development Advantages (LEDA) methodology is a facilitator’s guide for Counterpart staff and partners engaged in the process of local economic development planning. The methodology is flexible in its application yet sets out to address the need to quickly mobilize stakeholders around common issues, to develop a strategy around key market opportunities, and to identify quick-win projects around this strategy that will help gain the broader support and stakeholder buy-in needed to implement sustainable change across value chains, to generate new employment opportunities and to increase local competitiveness.

The LEDA methodology has been developed on the basis of Counterpart’s experience in designing and implementing Local Economic Development (LED) from 2005-2011. The methodology adapts and draws upon publicly-available resources of the World Bank  (, PACA©, and USAID ( in assembling this customized LED planning methodology.