System-based approach to Community Led Development (CLD) (10/31/2018) - Presentation at the October 31, 2018 global meeting of the Movement for Community-led Development presented by Ebele Achor, Interim Global Director Capacity Development at Pact. Presentation in PDF formatDownload  
Sarvodaya Approach to Development (10/1/2018) - On September 21, 2018 Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne presented an in-depth look at the the philosophy and approach of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka – a pioneering organizations in community-led development that reaches 15,000 villages – 2/3 of all villages in the country.
UNGA 2018: Youth, Technology and Social Business (9/25/2018) - To achieve SDGs, it is critical that youth work actively into the pursuit of the goals. Youth of today tend to be more educated, technologically adept, and resilient to diseases that previous generations were not resilient to.
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,…
Locus Nairobi Workshop – Integration and Local Ownership: Pathways to Sustainable Development (5/31/2018) - By Ellie Price, Locus Coordinator Locus’s Nairobi Workshop, “Integration and Local Ownership: Pathways to Sustainable Development,” took place on April 27, 2018. Organized and hosted by Africa Capacity Alliance in partnership with AKDN East Africa and the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, participants enjoyed several presentations, work group sessions, and large…
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,…
Reflections from Rwanda: Resetting approaches to social change (4/8/2018) - In January, three Locus scholarship awardees participated in a professional development certificate course co-hosted by The Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Partners in Health in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. We asked them to share their reflections on the Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation Course here.
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…
Reflections from Rwanda: Accountability for high quality health services in the right places (3/23/2018) - In January, three Locus scholarship awardees participated in a professional development certificate course co-hosted by The Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Partners in Health in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. We asked them to share their reflections on the Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation Course here.
Locus recommends 7 questions to guide decisions on integration (3/19/2018) - By Ellie Price, Locus Coalition Coordinator & Sia Nowrojee, Program Director at 3D Program for Girls & Women at The UN Foundation On February 21st, 2018, the Locus Learning Work Group set out to answer a priority question on the Research Agenda for Integrated Development: What key criteria should determine when integration is the most…
Holding a Space for the Hard Conversations: Reflections on UN CSocD56 Panel (3/5/2018) - By Ellie Price, Locus Coalition Coordinator Last month, The Hunger Project, The Movement for Community-Led Development and Locus co-hosted a panel titled “Ending Extreme Poverty is Local: community-led, integrated approaches to sustainable development” at the 56th UN Commission on Social Development in New York. Our panelists, Maurice Bloem, Executive Vice President of Church World Service,…
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,…
Integrated approaches are key to ensuring the poorest in least developed countries aren’t left behind (2/26/2018) - By Karina Weinstein, Program Director, FXB International A recent analysis presented by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to its member States on February 5, 2018 revealed that the world’s poorest countries (Least Developed Countries, LDCs) are not on track to achieve goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN…
ICCE TIG WEEK: Using M&E data to evaluate the impacts of an integrated and holistic international development model (2/20/2018) - By: Ashweeta Patnaik, Ray Marshall Center  http://aea365.org/blog/icce-tig-week-using-me-data-to-evaluate-the-impacts-of-an-integrated-and-holistic-international-development-model-by-ashweeta-patnaik/ Hello, I’m Ashweeta Patnaik and I work at the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) at The University of Texas in Austin. RMC has partnered with Nuru International (Nuru) to use Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data to evaluate the impacts of Nuru’s integrated development model. Here, I share some lessons…
Are we learning enough about integrated programs through impact evaluations? (2/20/2018) - By: Tessa Ahner- McHaffie, FHI360 https://blog.f1000.com/2017/11/28/learning-enough-integrated-programs-impact-evaluations/ Integrated development raises a lot of questions. Tessa Ahner-McHaffie and colleagues from FHI 360 tried to answer some of these in a Systematic Review published on Gates Open Research and currently being peer reviewed. In this guest blog, she describes the work that her and colleagues have done in…
Creating New Tools for the Job (2/20/2018) - By: Lydia Cardona, Conservation International Headlines about scarce natural resources driving or causing conflicts are not hard to find. Threats of war over the control and use of natural resources – such as oil, timber and water- become more imminent as rapid, unsustainable development and climate change increase the pressure on renewable and non-renewable resources.…
Creating an Integrated Nutrition Game-Plan: Technical Brief and Recommendations from Lao PDR (2/20/2018) - By: Deirdre McMahon, Global Nutrition Advisor, SNV  Malnutrition isn’t the result of a simple cause-and-effect algorithm. It can’t be boiled down into an if-then statement. It’s the result of a complex web of underlying factors and interrelated causes. And in response to that complexity, reducing malnutrition requires convergent action from many different sectors and stakeholders. …