On October 1, 2018, Locus and the Movement for Community-led Development (CLD) merged to advance our shared goals of promoting integrated, locally-led solutions to global development challenges.

The merger will strengthen our collective voice for integrated, locally-led development by more strategically linking Locus’ leadership on designing and evaluating integrated approaches to CLD’s policy expertise and advocacy for locally-led solutions.

Locus’ advanced thinking and dialogue on integrated development — what it is, how to use it, and how to evaluate the impact — has been integrated into CLD’s mission and manifesto. CLD national chapters will carry out a powerful, coherent, multi-stakeholder campaign of advocacy and capacity building to transform the paradigm of development from top-down, siloed approaches to bottom-up, locally led, participatory decision-making, which will demand integrated solutions.

Over the last several years, Locus has made key strides in advancing integrated development, including:

  • A Prioritized Research Agenda on Integrated Development
  • Lessons Learned the Hard Way anthology
  • Ending Extreme Poverty is Local: Community-led, Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development” panel co-hosted with The Hunger Project and the Movement for Community-Led Development at the 56th UN Commission on Social and Economic Development, 2/5/2018.
  • The 72nd UN General Assembly with the SDG Philanthropy Forum and Skoll Foundation event “Local Impact, Global Solutions: Scaling Solutions for Systems Change”, 9/19/2017.
  • “Re-tooling For Integration: Do We Have the Courage to Transform Ourselves in Order To Achieve the SDGs?” panel held at The InterAction Forum, 6/22/2017.
  • “Integration and Local Ownership: Pathways to Sustainable Development” full-day event in Nairobi with more than 22 local organizations or affiliates from Kenya, resulting in establishment of an 8-member Task Force dedicated to supporting the launch of a Kenya chapter of the Movement for Community Led Development, 4/27/2018.
  • Workshop on a priority question on the Locus Research Agenda, resulting in recommending 7 Questions to Guide Decisions on Integration in programming, 2/21/2018.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning workshop in partnership with The Bridge Collaborative, a meet and greet between 11 organizations with 14 presentations on multi-sector programs advancing knowledge around questions on the Locus Research Agenda on Integrated Development, 3/7/2018.

We are now in the next phase of action. Building on a community of practice formed over the past four years, Locus is building a bridge from practice and learning to advocacy by merging with the Movement for Community-Led Development.

The merge will position the global network of Locus and CLD members to advocate for locally led, integrated approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, from the grassroots to the highest levels. Together, our collective voice for integrated, locally-led development is now stronger, more coherent, and more influential.

Resources from the former Locus Coalition website

  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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,…
  • 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. …