Proposed Budget Cuts: Community-led Development at Risk

President Donald Trump released his first formal proposed budget to Congress on 16 March 2017. As promised, the “America First” budget is proposing $54 billion in cuts throughout different federal government agencies and programs to offset the increase to the defense budget. Here is a snapshot of some departments that will be experiencing budget cuts: … Continue reading Proposed Budget Cuts: Community-led Development at Risk

Let’s Stop Playing Catch Up: How Stronger Integration Helps Us Get Ahead of Threats

Achieving the SDG objective of universal coverage of WASH by 2030 will contribute to other important development goals, food security and public health in particular, and help prevent a number of threats. To accomplish these inter-related goals, we need to ensure that the key local stakeholders, in the WASH sector and far beyond, are all in this together. More localized, grown-up conversations amongst various ‘competing’ sectors can help us make greater strides toward 100% coverage of WASH, and make vital progress toward public health and food security.

Our “biggest frustrations” in building gender sensitive programs

Yesterday was International Women’s Day—a moment for intense reflection for development workers. Thinking hard about gender forces us to think hard about good development: when we force ourselves to confront the many related needs, wants and perspectives of women and girls, we also force ourselves to confront where our standard development toolkit often comes up short in serving those same needs, wants and perspectives.

Want to help women take more control? Help them tackle multiple problems at once

By Karina L. Weinstein, FXB As my colleague John Coonrod noted, women face an array of challenges which can’t be solved in isolation. If you help a mom send her daughter to school on an empty stomach, how much will she really learn? If you help a woman take her children to a doctor, but … Continue reading Want to help women take more control? Help them tackle multiple problems at once

Same recipe, different geography: Holistic approaches are smart for girls and women everywhere

By Tricia Petruney, FHI 360 Here’s a development scenario you’re probably familiar with: Imagine a young girl growing up in a remote rural area, raised in a poor family. Girls here are not typically encouraged in the same way as boys are to imagine themselves having exciting future careers, nor even the more vanilla option … Continue reading Same recipe, different geography: Holistic approaches are smart for girls and women everywhere

Silos are Sexist

As Locus members, we are committed to integrated programming, but why? And why does it seem to be such an uphill struggle in a world where the prevailing development paradigm is dominated by top-down, narrowly focused, short-term interventions? The most important reason to pursue integrated programming is that it works for women. Women living in … Continue reading Silos are Sexist

Building a Different World of Work for Women and Girls

By Gregory Adams, Locus Women and girls provide much of the labor and talent that makes our communities work. But they routinely don’t get the pay, opportunities or esteem that men do. International Women’s Day forces us to pay special attention to the variety of challenges that women and girls face, particularly in the world … Continue reading Building a Different World of Work for Women and Girls