April 6 IFPRI Event

April 6, 2016 – Washington, DC: Movement member IFPRI – the International Food Policy Research Institute – co-hosted a special event with our movement – “Investing in Communities – Key to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

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Click here to download the paper by Tewodaj Mogues.


  • John Coonrod, executive vice president, The Hunger Project
  • Pierre Ferrari, president, Heifer International
  • Nancy Lee, deputy chief executive office, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Tewodaj Mogues, senior research fellow, IFPRI
  • Nancy E. Wilson, chief executive officer, Relief International


  • Rajul Pandya-Lorch, head 2020 vision initiative and chief of staff, IFPRI

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 communities to plan and take charge of their own development is a science, and diverse actors have developed systematic methodologies which some nations are now taking to national scale.