March 31 BBL with the World Bank CDD Global Solutions Group

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 event.


Video recording will be made available after the event


Launched at last year’s UN Sustainable Development Summit, The Movement for Community-led Development (CLD) comprises 32 International NGOs committed to taking community empowerment to transformative scale as key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Building on lessons learned from CDD and other community-development disciplines, it is building a shared language and analytic framework for the interventions that overcome the entrenched social and political barriers to people taking charge of their own development.

The Movement’s founder and Hunger Project Executive Vice President, John Coonrod, will frame the approach and objectives of the movement, and Michelle Inkley, Senior Director/Practice Lead, Human and Community Development at Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will discuss how community development is addressed in MCC’s new strategic plan.

This session will be of particular interest to those CDD programs that partner with NGOs to provide services.  What is the proper role and balance between government-implemented community programs and those facilitated by NGOs?  What are the trade-offs, if any?

Susan Wong, Global Lead for CDD, The World Bank
John Coonrod, Found of the Movement to CLD, and Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project 

Michelle Inkley, Senior Director/Practice Lead, Human and Community Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation

About the speakers:

jc2John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research, advocacy, evaluation and works closely with the president on all aspects of strategy. He has worked in Africa, South Asia and Latin America for 30 years, and is an expert on gender-focused, integrated, community-led development. John serves as co-chair of InterAction’s Food Security and Agriculture working group and as advisor to a number of start-up international NGOs. He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater. John was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), where he was active in the civil rights and antiwar movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.

mi2Dr. Michelle Inkley is Senior Director/Practice Lead for Human and Community Development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  She provides thought leadership, strategic direction, technical oversight and staff management for the agency’s education, health and community development portfolio with projects across Africa, Asia and Central America and a total program envelope of over $850M. Before joining MCC, Dr. Inkley spent many years in various positions with Latter-day Saint Charities and LDS Welfare Services working on community development, health, education, employment and livelihoods programming across the globe, as well as developing the monitoring and evaluation framework. She has also served as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Sociology Departments at both the University of Utah and Weber State University and guest lectured on varying international development-related topics at several other universities, colleges, and organizations. Dr. Inkley has volunteered extensively and served on the boards of several development and humanitarian organizations. She holds doctoral degrees in Sociology and Demography/Epidemiology from Penn State University.

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