GlobalGiving India (7/27/2018) - On our July 2018 call, Kavita Mathew of GlobalGiving India shared the findings from visits to their partner organizations across 18 states of India to assess the degree to which they are community-led.
The Journey to Self-Reliance starts with Community-led Development (6/19/2018) - USAID is undergoing a major transformation under the theme “Journey to Self Reliance.” Extensive  field experience shows that this journey begins in communities, and that aid strategies should be designed from the community upwards. In the past 50 years, countries as diverse as Korea, Philippines, Brazil and most recently Kenya have achieved broad-based economic growth,…
Promoting Community-Led Development In Nigeria (5/22/2018) -      Tobi’s research on “Promoting Community-Led Development in Nigeria”,  is extremely important in recognizing the need for outside actors; such as governmental, non-governmental, and multilateral organizations, to have sufficient amounts of knowledge of the needs and wants of the local community in order to be successful in developmental programs. Furthermore, local actors should be…
Promoting Community-Led Development In Nigeria (5/22/2018) - Building a Chapter for the Movement of Community-led Development in Nigeria TOBI OLAIYA MAY 10, 2018 PROMOTING COMMUNITY-LED DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA INTRODUCTION Development programs have followed a top-down approach with majority of the inputs for projects coming from outsiders who do not have adequate knowledge of the problems faced by locals. Outside actors including governmental,…
Youth For Growth (4/3/2018) - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convened Global Food Security Symposium from March 21-22, 2018. The theme of this year symposium was Youth for Growth. The symposium was officially started with the opening remark by Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council. The President reminded that the council has convened the symposium since 2010 with the purpose to…
Decentralization, Health System and Gender Issues in Zambia (3/5/2018) - The Decentralisation Policy: In 2003, the Government launched the National Decentralisation Policy, which aims at devolving specified functions and authority, with matching resources, to local authorities at a district level. Under this environment, the role of the center would be to provide policy, strategic guidelines, overall coordination, monitoring, and evaluation while implementation and supervision of…
Community-Led Development and Its Rationale (3/5/2018) -   Patriarchy and ‘’top-down’’ development approaches have resulted in little or no change to the poor in the bottom. Instead of focusing on what strengths, assets, and capacities the communities possess, the approach solely has been trying to address the gaps and vulnerabilities without working to utilize or build upon the strengths. As a result,…
Integration and Community Leadership Needs More Than Just Funding Changes (2/14/2018) - The nature of our world is multi-nodal and, with technology, today’s means of accountability, collaboration, communication and fulfillment of responsibilities are evolving to reflect integration. International development needs to catch up – quickly. Locus, Pact, Church World Service, and The Hunger Project – all members of the international Movement for Community-led Development – addressed this…
Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project (CCAP) (2/12/2018) - Photo: World Bank Developing countries struggle to improve quality of their service delivery. Citizens also find it difficult to hold the government and other service providers accountable because they lack the know-how on the procedures and expectations that govern service providers’ performances. In addition to the disconnect it creates between citizens and service providers, its…
Fiscal Decentralization in Ethiopia (2/5/2018) -   Legal and Constitutional Framework Devolution of power, responsibilities, and resources from central to local governments has been the foundation of decentralization reforms in developing countries like Ethiopia. The 1995 Federal Constitution is the basic document that lays out the legal and institutional framework for decentralization in Ethiopia. The decentralization reforms focus on strengthening local governments as…
Mexico launches a School for Community-led Development (1/18/2018) - In May 2017, The Hunger Project-Mexico launched the “Municipal School for Community-led Development” in two districts in Mexico (San José Tenango, Oaxaca and Tampamolón Corona, San Luis Potosí) under the project “Hands and voices to work: indigenous community participation in local governance.”  Eight months into the journey, the team has had the opportunity to discover…
Step-by-step guide to using Most Significant Change in Communities (12/8/2017) - OneVillage Partners (OVP) inspires and equips people to transform their lives and their communities. Working in Sierra Leone, West Africa, we partner with local communities and assist them to 1) train, empower and mobilize leaders to design projects that address their community’s most pressing, self-identified needs, and 2) create new opportunities for women through economic…
The struggle for human rights starts in the community (12/8/2017) - December 10 is Human Rights Day – the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. I recently attended a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a distinguished statesman who must deal on a daily basis with the most horrific violators of human…
SDGs Compacts 2020 (10/27/2017) - Dr. Paul S. Zeitz, former director of Data Revolution at the U.S. State Department and now at movement member Global Development Incubator, presented the concept for accountability in localizing the SDGs at the October global meeting of the Movement for Community-Led Development (CLD). Paul’s slides In addition, click here to download the pdf of his…
UNGA 72: 193 Member States, 9 Days of Debate, 1 Sustainable Development Agenda (9/28/2017) - The annual General Assembly is like drinking water from a fire hose. There are endless side events, report launches, closed meetings, celebratory receptions and of course the infamous General Debate. This year, more than half of the world’s Heads of State traveled to UN Headquarters in New York City to discuss the most pressing challenges…
Bracing for Impact: Proposed Budget Cuts to USAID and the State Department (9/13/2017) - By: @alovelyimperfection President Donald Trump released his first formal proposed budget to Congress on 16 March 2017. As promised, the “America First” budget is proposing $54 billion in cuts throughout different federal government agencies and programs to offset an increase to the defense budget. Here is a snapshot of some departments that will be experiencing…
CONCAUSA: Strengthening Youth Initiatives in the Americas (9/12/2017) - By: Adam Mohawk-Breen and Rebecca Nelson For International Youth Day, we celebrate the initiatives of America’s young people to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals! Today is International Youth Day, which was started by the UN in order to celebrate youth contributions to conflict prevention and the transformation of their communities. This day gives us at…
One Village Partners Methodology (8/24/2017) -   Sierra Leone Country Director Jennifer Artibello and Program Director Chad McCordick presented the Community-led Development Methodology of Movement member One Village Partners at our monthly global webinar. You can see the recording of their presentation here.
The State of Decentralization in West Africa: Mixed Progess (8/5/2017) - Experience in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Since the 1990s, various African countries have adopted measures of decentralized governments as a means to expedite development, improve the democratic space and enhance socio-economic inclusion. Key indicators of the success of decentralization are the amount of local government spending (as a percent of total government…
A Toe-hold for Localizing the SDGs: Top 10 things we learned at the HLPF (7/31/2017) - From July 10-19, 2017 world leaders gathered at the 2017 High Level Political Forum to review progress on the 2030 Agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (See the 2017 Report here). This year, the focus was on poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, infrastructure and the seas. Here are my takeaways, looking through our “bottom-up”…