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 … Continue reading Building the Capacity of Youth as Leaders of Today -The Kampala Principles for Youth Led Development
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."
The Overseas Development Institute, one of the UK’s leading think tanks, recently released a working paper titled Gender and Resilience: from Theory to Practice. The paper is a synthesis of four different case studies, documenting how gender equality can be strengthened through resilience projects. It draws on the experiences of the project Building Resilience and … Continue reading Gender & Resilience – A BRACED Working Paper
Oxfam America has recently released a report, Righting the Wrong: Strengthening Local Humanitarian Leadership to Save Lives and Strengthen Communities, addressing the shortfalls of humanitarian assistance, and offering solutions to this complex issue. In 2014, humanitarian assistance hit a record high of $24.5 billion. Within the last 70 years, aid workers have made massive strides … Continue reading Righting the Wrong: Oxfam America’s Report on Strengthening Local Humanitarian Leadership
The old saying that "All politics is local" is especially true when it comes to overcoming poverty and hunger. Issues of good nutrition, primary education, primary health care, water and sanitation, skills training, preserving the environment and ensuring public safety are all local issues. Nations can allocate budgets and launch national programs, but actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government.
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 … Continue reading Methodology at Spark MicroGrants
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 … Continue reading Nuru International Methodology
Hunger is not inevitable. It is not too big of a problem to solve. In fact, it has improved dramatically in just the last 30 years. Indeed, according to international agencies like the World Bank and United Nations, ending extreme poverty and hunger by the year 2030 are an ambitious, yet achievable goal, in need … Continue reading THINK ENDING WORLD HUNGER IS UNACHIEVABLE? THINK AGAIN.
Throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, Hunger Project programs operate in rural and sometimes remote communities. Since we began monitoring programs using cutting-edge mobile technology, areas without internet connection have posed a challenge for our committed Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team. To meet these challenges, The Hunger Project has implemented the ThunderPlug®. ThunderPlug® is … Continue reading NO INTERNET CONNECTION? NO PROBLEM: COLLECTING RURAL DATA