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  • #ShiftThePower for Health Equity
    A major theme at the 2022 Global Health Council’s Landscape Symposium has been health equity. We in MCLD believe that the only way to ensure people’s right to health is to ensure they have the collective voice to demand it. We organized a concurrent session at the symposium to address the question — now that […]
  • Young Agro-Green Africa Network (YAGANET): Leveraging Community Resources
    Baluku Isaya is from the Rwenzori sub-region in Mid-Western Uganda. He is passionate about community-led initiatives and grew up in a farming background, where he cultivated his love of nature. In this month’s column, Baluku shares his journey to founding YAGANET, an organization focused on community-based interventions and unleashing the power in young people and women, and delves into how he lives through a positive mindset to impact his community.
  • Co-creating the future of MCLD — November 30, 2022 Global Zoom Call
    As CLD gains traction with policy makers, we have new opportunities for impact and influence that surpass our current structure and budget. This month’s call was to launch a global process to create a new organizational structure! This call followed up a workshop in early October, at which representative subgroup of MCLD leaders and outside […]
  • Join us for #16Days of activism to halt gender-based violence
    From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. In 2022, in the face of push-back and discouraging regressive laws, UN Women […]
  • Mansofinia Agric Farmers’ Organization: Using what we have to help others
    This month’s Movement Matters features Aiah Marrah and Lansana Kondeh, two contributors to the formation of MCLD Sierra Leone and initiators of Mansofinia Agric Farmers’ Organization (MAFO). Aiah and Lansana share their experiences launching a community-based organization and the power of youth in community-led development. 
  • Standing with small-scale producers at the World Bank Annual Meetings
    During the World Bank Annual meetings in Washington DC on October 12, 2022, civil society and World Bank officials discussed ways to #ShiftThePower to small-scale producers. The event — Good Food Begins with Farmers: building resilience to prevent future food crises addressed the food crisis caused by climate change, conflict, inflation and COVID-19, which is […]
  • USAID’s New Local Capacity Strengthening Policy
    For this month’s call, we were joined by Colleen Brady and Arjun Tasker from USAID to update us on the new Local Capacity Strengthening Policy and how the inputs from MCLD and others have been incorporated.
  • International Day of the Girl Child: Reflections by Members of MCLD Kenya
    Young girls are tenacious, bold, creative, and courageous, and can transform their communities when they have the necessary power to make a difference. Girls play some of the most critical roles in supporting resilient communities, and at the same time are often the most vulnerable when communities are threatened. Community-led growth demands that girls are […]
  • Self-reliant action in Liberia
    MCLD-Liberia reports it has recently mobilized its members for a series of self-reliant community-led action projects. In these recent photos, you see the graduation from the chapter’s Home, Business and community management program, and a community action program to build walkways to deal with flooding.
  • Amani Initiative: Challenging Societal Norms by Engaging Communities
    “At Amani Initiative, our strength has been our ability to leverage pathways at the community level,” shares Nixon Ochatre, Founder of Amani Initiative and Chairperson for the MCLD Uganda Chapter. In the fourth edition of the Movement for Community-led Development’s monthly column, Movement Matters, Sera Bulbul and Nixon Ochatre talk about working with community change agents to prevent and respond to child marriage and teenage pregnancy.
  • One Year of Strengthening Devolution in Kenya
    Post by Steve Ogutu, MCLD Kenya This month, we celebrate one year of a transformative partnership with the County Government of Makueni in Kenya. MCLD and the county signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on September 30, 2021 to strengthen community-led development as an important tool to tackle development challenges. In just one year, […]
  • MCLD at the UN General Assembly
    While the official proceedings at the opening of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly were pretty grim — the Secretary General stated “Our world is in peril — and paralyzed.” – and while virtually no civil society participation in the high-level events was permitted – we civil society members participated in dozens of […]
  • How to Develop Partnerships!
    On this month’s global MCLD Zoom Call we learned key principles and inspiring stories from three of our colleagues who had successfully established partnerships and funding through “friend raising” — establishing strong human relationships. Each had reflected on their experiences and shared key principles. Our guest speakers: Arthur Nkosi, Country Director, CorpsAfrica, Malawi Caren Wakoli, […]
  • Girl Up: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders
    In the third edition of the Movement for Community-led Development’s monthly column, Movement Matters, Sera Bulbul dives into the essential role of young leaders in gender advocacy and the role of youth in community leadership with Anita Dywaba (Girl Up Leader, Journalist, and Human Rights Activist, South Africa) and Sia Nowrojee (Senior Director, Global Community at Girl Up).
  • Democracy and Justice
    Our August 2022 Global Call On our monthly call for the Movement for Community-led Developmentand as we prepare for International Day of Democracy and the UN General Assembly, we heard from two inspiring leaders: Christina Ruhinda, executive director, Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers(TANLAP) and Maybin Machalo, Director of Corporate Services, Local Government Association of […]
  • How does Locally Led Development Work?
    New Global Partnership Studies Locally Led Development in Fragile Environments The Movement for Community-led Development, The Hunger Project, World Vision, and Relief International launch the new USAID-funded LIFE Project in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to create and measure locally led and climate, conflict and economically-resilient development programs The Hunger Project (THP), as Global Secretariat of The […]
  • 10 Learnings from MCLD Leaders on International Youth Day
    In the Movement for Community-led Development, we know that young people can transform their communities. Meaningfully including youth makes communities more resilient to crises, as youth are the key to lasting change.  We celebrate the power of youth voices. In our July monthly call, we had the opportunity to hear from three youth Movement members […]
  • Corps Africa: Locals Helping Locals
    In the second edition of the Movement for Community-led Development’s monthly column, Movement Matters, Arthur Nkosi (Director, CorpsAfrica Malawi) unpacks the links between CorpsAfrica and MCLD’s values and shares learnings from experiences in a leadership role at MCLD’s Malawi Chapter.
  • July Monthly Call: Youth!
    MCLD is committed to powerfully including youth in our Movement. This month we heard from three youth Movement members on how youth are shifting the power across the globe. We also heard from our chapters as they prepare for International Youth Day (August 12). Speakers Left to Right: Alexandre Agbozoh-Guidih (Togo), Gloria Legorreta (Mexico), and […]
  • NEW COURSE: Domestic Resource Mobilization Course In Partnership with the Change the Game Academy 
    In response to demand from our chapter members, as reflected in our Umbrella Strategy, we hope you will join us in this exclusive new course, led by the Change the Game Academy, a practical, experienced group that offers so much, and in so many languages to boot. We will be honored to learn from our course leader, Sharon Olang, who will […]
  • Pause and Reflect: The Participatory CLD Assessment Tool
    In January 2021, MCLD launched the Participatory CLD Assessment Tool, and so began an unprecedented learning journey. Organizations of all types, sizes, and focuses from all over the world have used the tool in many different and creative ways. It has been adopted by CSOs and government agencies in a myriad of contexts and in […]
  • UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2022
    When the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched (along with MCLD) in September 2015, the UN committed to host a “High-Level Political Forum” each year to review progress. Each year, there is a focus on particular SDGs and country can provide Voluntary National Reports (VNRs). The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “Building back […]
  • Restless Development: Doing Development Differently 
    In this first edition of the new column, Jean Manney (US Director, Restless Development) shares her learnings from being a Movement member and illustrates the power of youth-led and community-led development.
  • What’s Next for MCLD Chapters Across the Globe?
    June 29th marks the halfway mark in an amazing year for community-led development.  What have we each achieved? What is our highest priority by the end of 2022?  What messages should MCLD take to the July UN Review of the SDGs? Participants in MCLD’s June Global Call heard about a new 3-year campaign in Ghana to strengthen local […]
  • MCLD at the European Evaluation Society Conference
    To #ShiftThePower in international development, we need to ensure data is by the people, of the people, and for the people. For too long our monitoring and evaluation systems have been extractive processes, designed to fill out reports for development partners (aka funders). As we re-examine what monitoring and evaluation should look like in the […]
  • USAID Meets with MCLD-Kenya
    “I’m Here to Listen and Explore How USAID Can Work Closely with Local Organizations” Michele Sumilas, USAID’s Assistant Administrator while Meeting Kenya’s CBOs On May 27, 2022, Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) Kenya Chapter hosted USAID’s delegation led by Ms. Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL). […]
  • Reflection: The Story of the Movement for Community-Led Development in Sierra Leone
    By: Lansana Kondeh and Aiah MarrahJune 3, 2022 The Movement for Community-Led Development in Sierra Leone began discussions among individuals in April 2019, Mansofinia Agric Farmers Organization started contacting both signed up members and interested members to start face to face meetings in Freetown, fortunately, the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations consented to offer […]
  • Ending Hunger and CLD
    On May 25, 2022 the Movement for Community-led Development discussed our role in ending world hunger. This call leads up to the World Hunger Day social media campaign on May 28. The Hunger Project recently conducted a comprehensive literature review on the causal links between CLD and ending hunger. We encourage you to review the […]
  • Coming to Terms: CDD, CLD, LLD and More
    Where did all the “localization” terms come from and what are the differences?  In the Movement for Community-led Development we care very much about these differences. People tend to use them sloppily, or interchangeably in ways that undermine the important distinctions they stand for. They increasingly use the broader term “Shift the Power” (#ShiftThePower) first […]
  • Strengthening Capacity for CLD
    The April 2022 Monthly Call focused on a key priority for the Movement — strengthening the capacity of our national chapters and civil society in general — and how the CLD Assessment Tool can support that goal. We hear experiences from seven members in five countries: Outreach International : Cassidy Miller Global Fund for Children: […]
  • Reflection on Webinar: Challenges to Shifting the Power
    #ShiftThePower is becoming one of international development’s most prominent buzzwords. There is widespread consensus that currently, power is in the hands of donors and international NGOs…
  • Skoll World Forum Event: Community-Led Development for a Partnership-Based Society
    We partnered with OneVillage Partners to co-host an event at the Skoll World Forum! Together, we unpacked buzzwords like localization and capacity strengthening. It is essential to #ShiftThePower from the traditional binary of “experts” imposing knowledge on the “non-experts” for participatory #CommunityLed development. We heard the exciting journeys of community-led development champions, ranging from community leaders in […]
  • NGO CSW Parallel Event: Climate Disruptors
    We have all heard of Greta Thunberg, but did you know thousands of young women around the world are also taking action for Climate Justice? On March 23, the Movement for Community-led Development co-hosted a Parallel Event to the 2022 UN Commission on the Status of Women diving into how four young women are engaging […]
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  • Celebrating Women and the Environment in Benin
    Some 100 women celebrated International Women’s Day in forest — emphasizing the importance of gender equality to environmental sustainability. The event was organized by the the national women’s association and The Hunger Project, and it received coverage (below) in the national media.
  • Next Steps for CLD in Kenya!
    The Kenya chapter of the Movement for Community-led Development (CLD) met today with Governor Kibwana of Makueni County and several members of his team to discuss next steps in our five-year partnership. A key milestone is to pilot and institutionalize a “School for CLD” inspired by the successful pioneering of this approach in Mexico. During […]
  • My Introduction to CLD: Unlearning What I Thought I Knew About Development
    Blog Post by Ibrahim Sultan, Research and Advocacy Intern, MCLD Before beginning my internship with the Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD or the Movement), I thought I understood what International Development and working to make the lives of people around the world better meant. I now know that I did not, at least not fully. […]
  • Challenges to #ShiftThePower
    Power dynamics within the development sector have been under scrutiny for years and advocates for change have long called for the decolonization of aid. The emergence of movements for shifting the power calling for community-led development and local ownership has breathed new life into the debate. However, little progress has been made in changing deep-rooted structural inequalities. We partnered with The Hunger Project Sweden to co-host a […]
  • USAID publishes piece on our CLD Tools: “Don’t Let M&E Walk Alone”
    Originally published February 22, 2022 by the USAID Learning Lab at this link. Community-led development (CLD) is quickly becoming one of international development’s most prominent buzzwords. International NGOs, private donors, and governments all over the world are examining ways to realign their development efforts with principles that emphasize the role of participants and communities at […]
  • MCLD-Kenya and County Government of Makueni move to deepen CLD
    The Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) and County Government of Makueni (CGM) held a joint workshop (February 28-March 1,2022) to develop an annual workplan to implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between MCLD and CGM on September 30 2021. Through this collaboration, MCLD will strengthen the capacity of the county to upscale its community-led […]
  • Strengthening Community Resilience and Gender Equity
    In preparation for International Women’s Day (March 8th), February’s Global Monthly Call focused on two of our five Movement goals – Voice for women in decision making and strengthening community resilience to climate change and other shocks.  Panelists: Danielle Jolicoeur, Global Resilience Director, Mercy Corps  Samuel Mutambo, National Program Director THP Zambia & MCLD Zambia […]
  • Special Monitoring Workshop with ITPC
    Community-led Monitoring puts community members in the driver’s seat of bringing about change. In this workshop, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition shared their methodology on conducting effective Community-led Monitoring. We started with the principles of Community-led Monitoring and then look at successful examples of how it can be done in different countries and contexts through breakout groups. The group then concluded the […]
  • New short video from the Uganda National Chapter
    The Hunger Project-Uganda has produced a beautiful short video on Community-led Development that highlights our #1 goal of ensuring the inclusion of women, youth and marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities.
  • Watch! #ShiftThePower means #ShiftTheMoney!
    Today, MCLD hosted our Side Event for the UN Commission on Social Development on Financing Community-led Action for Inclusive, Resilient Post-Covid-19 Recovery. Resilience is inherently a community-level attribute as community leaders are always the first responders to any shock. Yet, many local governments in low-income countries and community-based organizations lack any reliable source for core […]
  • Open Letter to Mark Suzman
    Dear Mark, Congratulations on publishing your first Annual Letter. It provides an important insight into the way you, your new board, and your team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are viewing the world and the challenges we face.  As your letter demonstrates, the COVID-19 pandemic has been THE story your first two years […]
  • Opinion: As USAID adjusts, make sure local means local
    By John Coonrod, Gunjan Veda Published to Devex on 24 January 2022 Featured Photo: USAID LCD Policy Cover Page. On December, weeks after USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced her new vision for global development, the U.S. Agency for International Development released its new draft policy on Local Capacity Development. This policy represents a major mindset shift in how USAID plans to […]
  • Video: Focus on Capacity Strengthening
    On January 26, 2022 Movement members gathered on Zoom to explore one of the most important requests of community-based organizations: opportunities to strengthen their capacity to organize for effective action. Our speakers set the stage for vibrant breakout room exploration of what we could achieve together in 2022! Come back soon for a summary of […]
  • The Pandemic & Gender-Based Violence
    We opened 2022 with the 15th call in our Adapting CLD Processes to COVID-19 series. This time, we talked about gender-based violence, which is something our participants had asked to discuss at the end of last year. We heard from our colleagues around the world on how the pandemic augmented gender-based violence, how organizations have […]
  • MCLD’s Top Moments of 2021
    The Community-Led Development community has reached new milestones in a challenging year! The traction for CLD has been unpredictably high in 2021. We are grateful to our members and friends for your dedication to shifting the power from top-down to community-led. Join us in celebrating our top moments of 2021 to Shift The Power.  We […]
  • National Chapters Develop Strategies for 2022
    December 15, 2021 – At its last monthly meeting of 2021, members from around the world heard from experts on key priorities for 2022 and discussed the “three pillars” of their strategies for 2022.