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”…
Measuring SDG16 Locally (7/27/2017) - Peace, justice, and strong institutions. Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) aims to achieve these objectives at all levels of society. The SDG16 Data Initiative released its 2017 Global Report, which included a progress report on SDG16, along with calls for incorporating more ‘people-centered’ metrics. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is an organization that offers over 350…
Putting Public Services to the Test (7/14/2017) - In “Do Public Services Actually Reach the Public?”, a new methodology for assessing the allocation of funds and responsibilities to local governments was explored. With this methodology in mind, I set out to put the local public sector (LPS) in developing countries to the test. After careful evaluation, it is clear that a lack of…
10 Ways to #ShiftThePower (7/10/2017) - July 10, 2017 began the second UN High Level Political Forum on progress in achieving the SDGs. The key is to shift the power from top-down to bottom up.
Devolution in Kenya: Gender and Public Participation Dimension (7/6/2017) - Introduction The World Bank hails the devolution process in Kenya as one of the most ambitious decentralization efforts in the world. Since 2013, counties have been allocated an increasingly generous portion of the total annual government expenditure, currently standing above the minimum 15 percent threshold. Historically marginalized regions have benefited from the resource allocation to…
Lessons from Decentralization in Rwanda (6/27/2017) - Introduction Various development institutions and Western governments have held up decentralization in Rwanda as fairly successful. A study commissioned by the government and development partners showed that decentralization had improved economic growth averaging 10% since early 2000s, reduced region inequalities, increased community participation, improved service delivery and made local government more responsive to citizen needs.…
Leave No Voice Behind (6/21/2017) - Our 2017 InterAction Forum Workshop. Within country-owned strategies, NGOs have a competitive advantage in community-mobilization and capacity building. How can we work together to ensure that all people enjoy the right to take charge of their own development through country-owned programs of community-led development?
World Development Report 2017 and Community-Led Development (6/15/2017) - The flagship World Development Report 2017 by the World Bank Group highlights the need for continued collaboration between governments, citizens, civil society and private sector to improve governance and produce “life-improving outcomes.” This is in the midst of declining development assistance and strained government budgets. The movement for community-led development (CLD) in particular helps to…
Localizing the SDGs in Bangladesh: An Innovative Community-led Approach (6/15/2017) - The Hunger Project (THP) has developed a systematic methodology for supporting rural communities to achieve the SDGs.
Do Public Services Actually Reach the Public? (6/2/2017) - Local governments play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the delivery of public services. Yet, few systematic indicators exist to determine how effective local public sector spending is on a country’s development (i.e. economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of infrastructure and services). The Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) is attempting to…
Hey World! Remember Para 34! (5/18/2017) - Two years ago, as the world finalized the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it did a really smart thing. UN Member States met first about how to pay for the SDGs, and signed the “Addis Agenda.” In a seemingly small but important way, the Addis Agenda recognized that development happens in communities. Yet governments of…
New Evidence from Bangladesh (4/14/2017) - Researchers at Princeton, Columbia, Cambridge and BRAC -- working in communities mobilized by The Hunger Project -- have demonstrated the value of building strong communities.
Movement Grows in West Africa (4/14/2017) - In late February and March 2017, the Movement for Community Led Development announced the formation of three new national chapters — Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Two member organizations — Corps Africa and The Hunger Project (THP) — seized high profile media opportunities to announce these  chapters. Corps Africa celebrated the completion of its first…
Proposed Budget Cuts: Community-led Development at Risk (3/31/2017) - 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 the increase to the defense budget. Here is a snapshot of some departments that will be experiencing budget cuts:…
CSW 2017 – Leave No Woman’s Voice Behind: Community-led Development at Scale (3/2/2017) - The Movement for Community-led Development will once again host a parallel event during the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
FXBVillage Model (1/18/2017) - January 18, 2017 – Watch recorded webinar as Karina Weinstein presents the FXBVillage Model, a time-bound, sustainable and holistic methodology that simultaneously tackles interconnected drivers of poverty eradication: nutrition, education, health, housing and income — enabling communities to escape extreme poverty. The presentation is about 25 minutes followed by Q&A. You can download a pdf…
Our Top 10 Milestones for 2016 (12/20/2016) - In the first year of the SDGs, our movement built a strong foundation for empowering women and men everywhere to take charge of their own lives and destinies.
Feed the Future – How Food Security Impacts Gender Inequality (10/4/2016) - September 7, 2016- Gayle Smith, USAID Administrator announced a new report in Nairobi, Kenya today that extends the United States Government’s previous 2009 initiative on the promise of eradication of global hunger and poverty.  The new report outlines the strategy to end global hunger for the next 15 years.  “Bolstered by the strong bipartisan passage of…
Together for 2030 – A Global Partnership Committed to Betterment of Humanity (10/4/2016) - At the Together for The 2030 Agenda–The Partnerships Playbook, seeks to share values in action with member countries, one that is humanity-based. The Partnership comes together in a renewed and focused manner through what unites us rather divides us. According to the 2030 Agenda “We are bound by our commitment to work together to support…