Understanding the Impact of Community Led Development: A collaborative meta-synthesis

By Gunjan Veda – Updated December 2019

Community Led Development (CLD) is a multi-sectoral and human-centred strategy for collaboration to achieve locally created and owned vision and goals. It is a developmental approach that focuses on systemic change to foster stable, resilient, prosperous, inclusive, and self-reliant communities.  


Through a collaborative evidence synthesis, we seek to understand current CLD practices, and the complex relationship between CLD and various development outcomes. This expansive effort encompasses
approximately 325 evaluations spanning 50+ countries, submitted by 60 organizations. Download the note above for the latest information!

Group of Advisors

A group of advisors comprising of academics and implementation experts are guiding the research to ensure that it is neutral, robust and rigorous.

Scott Guggenheim, CLD Implementation Specialist, former senior advisor to President of Afghanistan

Dr Gill Westhorp, University of Charles Darwin

Prof Elisabeth King, New York University

Prof Kent Glenzer, University of Monterey

Nazneen Kanji, formerly Director, Quality of Life Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Support Unit, Aga Khan Development Network

Jo Howard, Institute of Development Studies