Dignity, Equality and Social Protection: A Call for Integrated Strategies at CSW (4/20/2019) - Every year, thousands of women’s rights activists from around the world converge on UN Headquarters in New York to push world leaders ever closer – inch by inch – to realizing the vision of women’s full and equal participation. This year’s 63rd session on the Commission on the Status of Women paid special attention to…
Capacity Development (2/27/2019) - 2019-02-27 Special Learning Event This was the first Learning Session organized by the newly-formed CLD Learning Working Group, which evolved from the Locus Learning Working Group. Co-chairs: Matt Lineal (Nuru International) and Sia Nowrojee (3D Program for Girls and Women) Brian Viani, Leadership & Training Strategic Advisor, Nuru International, From ‘Capacity Building’ to ‘Capacity Development’:…
Breaking News – Kenya Launch! (2/1/2019) - PRESS RELEASE The Community-led Development (CLD) Movement Launches Kenya Chapter NAIROBI, 30 January 2018 –The Community-led Development (CLD) Movement today unveiled the CLD Kenya Chapter at the Heifer International grounds in Nairobi. The Movement is an alliance of civil societies seeking the widespread adoption of grassroots initiatives to empower communities to become the authors of…
All Human Beings (12/10/2018) - The final post in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: United Nations. On December 10, 1948 the newly established General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR). No nation voted against it, although a few, like Saudi Arabia, abstained. That means today is the…
Women Saving the Earth (12/9/2018) - Thirteenth in the series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: NASA December 7, 1972 – On the last Apollo mission to the moon, astronauts took a photo now known as the “Blue Marble” photo – very likely the most reproduced photo in history – the first ever “whole earth” photo. As a…
Women Fight Corruption (12/9/2018) - Fifteenth in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day. #UnitedAgainstCorruption. According to Transparency International, there are millions of courageous women fighting corruption worldwide. The United Nations reports that “Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption…
Is God a Feminist? (12/8/2018) - Fourteenth in my series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo – public domain – of the painting by Francisco Rizi. December 8 is observed by some Christians as the “Feast of the Immaculate Conception” and honors Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. Mary plays a major role in both the Christian…
Guns make gender-based violence deadly. (12/6/2018) - Twelfth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo by by ZhengZhou of the sculpture “Non-Violence” by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN headquarters at New York City. December 6, 1989 was the Montreal massacre – a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique  specifically targeting feminists. Since then, December 6 has become a…
International Volunteer Day (12/4/2018) - December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD). In 2018, the theme for this day is “Volunteers build Resilient Communities,” recognizing volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. Women represent 57% of volunteers globally so this…
The Pill vs Gender-based Violence (12/4/2018) - Tenth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/araoraor December 4 – On this day in 1961, Britain’s National Health Service first made oral contraception available. Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some other religious groups, a 2012 study by the Guttmacher Institute found that 99% of all women…
Halting Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities (12/3/2018) - Ninth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh December 3 is the International Day for People with Disabilities. According to the Minnesota website DisabilityJustice.org, “People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities.” The site reports that 83% of women…
Community Action to End Modern Slavery (12/3/2018) - Part 8 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/Favor of God December 2, 2018 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Modern-day slavery is appallingly widespread. According to the UN more than 40 million people are in forced labor, including 4.8 million in forced sexual exploitation. Women and girls are…
Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security (11/30/2018) - Sixth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: UN Peace Keeping. Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, leader of the Dahomey women’s regiment, drawn by Frederick Forbes, 1851 – Public Domain. Today, November 30, is Benin National Day. What does that have to do with Women, Peace and Security? Well – Benin’s history features the…
Women Human Rights Defenders (11/29/2018) - Fifth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence I am always deeply inspired by each of the heroic women and men who have served as United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights. The High Commissioner’s “To Do” list is horrific, dealing personally and skillfully with one brutal situation after another. (Many…
When Women Lead (11/28/2018) - Fourth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence On this day in 1919, American-born Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor (Lady Astor) became the first woman elected to the British Parliament. Women gained the vote in the UK in 1918, and not until 1920 in the US. During this same period, India was…
Denying Health Care is Violence (11/27/2018) - Third in a series for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project – women’s march at the Bissiga epicenter. There is a heartbreaking scene in Christy Turlington’s documentary No Woman, No Cry (2010) as a rural woman walks 12 miles to a birthing center, and is then turned away because she…
Community Leadership to Halt Gender-based Violence (11/26/2018) - November 26 – Second in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. How do women living in impoverished, deeply conservative rural communities fight gender-based violence, including child marriage? You can ask them! My organization, The Hunger Project, like many others, builds the capacity of women to be the key change agents for…
Halting Gender-based Violence is Job #1 (11/25/2018) - First in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. November 25 is the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh. Acid attack survivors speak out. Will we males ever stop abusing women? This issue is so fundamental to all other human progress that each of us needs…
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.
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…
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…
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”…
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.
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?
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.
Putting People First at #UNGA (9/22/2016) - September 22, 2016 – New York City, NY: “Putting People First: Community-led Development” featured leaders from the UN and Civil Civil Society describing the growing momentum for community-led development as the best pathway to achieving the integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event was hosted by The Movement for Community-led Development during the week of the…
The White House Summit on Global Development: Celebration, Legacy, and Looking Forward (7/28/2016) - The Obama administration took July 20th to celebrate almost eight years of global development policies, strategies, and initiatives. The summit hosted six panels around youth, partnerships, governance, food security, energy, and global health. Each panel discussed successes and lessons learned, many of which hold the essence of the principles of community-led development. Practices like subnational…
Watch the June 7 Webinar on Integrated Response Approach (5/5/2016) - Here is the recording of our second webinar – with Donal Reilly of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to discuss an approach to address the #1 complaint from households in emergency response situations — that they get “assessed” by multiple agencies, some of whom they never see again. Click here to download a discussion paper, and preview his…
April 6 IFPRI Event (4/6/2016) - One sea-change from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is Goal 16, which calls for participatory decision-making at all levels, including the community level where basic needs are met. The SDGs also call for integrated solutions – especially critical for nutrition, women’s economic empowerment and resilience – and this integration must happen at the community level.
March 31 BBL with the World Bank CDD Global Solutions Group (3/24/2016) - Sponsored by the Community Driven Development Global Solutions Group The Movement for Community-led Development: Strategy for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals The Hunger Project and The Millennium Challenge Corporation Held Thursday, March 31, 2016  ||  12:30 – 14:00 pm || Room MC 7-860 Read the Blog Post here by Christopher Colford that reported on the…
CSW60: Empowerment-based Strategies to Build Resilience (3/15/2016) - Experts from Relief International, Solar Cookers International and The Hunger Project-Mexico share their approaches.
Launching the Movement (9/30/2015) - Leading international organizations call for a process that empowers citizens at the local level.
What constitutes an enabling environment for the poor to succeed in their own development? (4/1/1994) - The concept of an "enabling environment" is new, and it reflects nothing less than a paradigm shift in thinking as to how nations like Bangladesh can achieve a new, self-reliant future -- a future where all citizens have the chance to lead a healthy and productive life.