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.
Building the Capacity of Youth as Leaders of Today -The Kampala Principles for Youth Led Development (2/25/2016) - Jon-Andreas Solberg and Douglas Ragan co-authored a very enlightening  post on UN-Habitat Youth covering five principles of youth-led development that are being utilized by youth programs globally and has begun to influence policy at the local, national and global level. These principles (listed below) originated from an initiative started in 2007 when representatives from  UN-Habitat´s One Stop Youth…
CARE Methodology (7/11/2016) - Founded in 1945, CARE’s original action plan has evolved from sending care packages overseas to funding and supporting projects that will deliver lasting change. CARE are focused on many different sectors include gender and gender-based violence, responding to emergencies and crises, supporting sustainable agricultural practices, encouraging education for women and girls, developing microfinance systems and…
Case Study: KALAHI-CIDSS (10/3/2015) - The Philippines is home to one of the largest-scale community-led development programs.
Counterpart International Methodology (7/8/2016) - Since their inception in 1965, Counterpart International has been driven by the vision that all people have the right and ability to drive their own destinies. Counterpart takes a building block approach with their local partners to support strong and more resilient communities by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and fostering multi-sector community partnerships. Currently working…
Heifer International Methodology (11/11/2015) - Heifer International applies Values Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD), which focuses on total community transformation and is grounded in societal values or principles.
Human-centered Design (7/6/2016) - Human-centered design, also called design thinking, is a process of design that incorporates feedback and iteration to create a product or system that is tuned to the needs of the community it serves. Design is more than fashion and interiors; it’s creative problem solving. Human-centered design is grounded in knowledge about users and it is…
Methodology at Spark MicroGrants (2/1/2016) - Spark Microgrants works in impoverished communities in Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, with 116 community partners across the three countries. Using an in-country fellowship program, Spark trains and employs recently-graduated university students to serve as project facilitators. These facilitators reach out to villages with particularly poor infrastructure, in order to involve them in a six-month planning process of…
Methodology of IIRR (7/1/2016) - Continuing the work of its founder, Dr. Y.C. James Yen, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction advocates for a holistic and community-centered approach to development. Building on almost 100 years of experience, IIRR’s programs are built on the beliefs that development should be: A community-led and managed approach Holistic and integrated Marginalized youth and women focused…
Methodology of Restless Development (2/19/2016) - Jamie Bedson explains a model that emphasizes the structure and process of engagement, the "how" (community-led, recruitment, training, support, safety and security, monitoring) alongside the actual mobilization itself, the "what."
Nuru International Methodology (2/1/2016) -   Nuru International applies an integrated methodology of community-led development called The Leadership Program, which seeks “to foster an environment of co-creation in which local servant leaders recognize and develop their ability to critically analyze and successfully develop poverty solutions in constantly changing environments.” Nuru aims to remove psychological and physical barriers, so that these new…
Partnership Between the People, Local Government Bodies and Central Government for Achieving MDGs in Bangladesh (7/10/2014) - Professor Badiul Alam Majumdar, Ph.D. Global Vice President and Country Director The Hunger Project–Bangladesh (10 July 2014) “People are poor because they are powerless. We must organize people for power. They must organize themselves in such a way that they can change their lives.” –Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder Chairman of BRAC In the year…
Roots of Development – Methodology (7/15/2016) - Roots of Development helps the people of Gran Sous, Haiti, form a CBO with the capacity to manage and protect the population's interests.
Saemaul Undong – the Republic of Korea’s New Village Movement, part 1 (3/29/2016) - Before 1960 the Republic of Korea (ROK) was a war-torn nation with a GDP per capita of $70 – equivalent to that of Ghana.1 The government was weak, and did not have the financial capabilities to invest in large-scale rural development projects.2 With this in mind, South Korean President Park Chung-Hee implemented the Saemaul Undong…
Saemaul Undong – The Republic of Korea’s New Village Movement, part 2 (3/29/2016) - Due to the successes the Saemaul Undong (SMU) Movement saw in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the 1970s, the government of ROK began to expand their practices into Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ROK demonstrated unprecedented growth, introducing what the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim described as “an economic and social revolution…
Save the Children Methodology (4/15/2016) - The Community Action Cycle (CAC) is a proven community mobilization approach which fosters individual and collective action to address key health program goals and related outcomes.
Spark Microgrants Webinar (6/3/2016) - Watch the recorded presentation on the methodology of Spark Microgrants for community-led development.
The Hunger Project Methodology White Paper (6/4/2016) - A White Paper to how the SDGs can be achieved in rural areas via gender-focused, community-led development.