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  • 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 […]
  • Join Us 26 January for Capacity Strengthening
    On January 26, 2022 Movement members will gather 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 will set the stage for vibrant breakout room exploration of what we could achieve together in 2022! Meg Kinghorn Consultant | Facilitator: […]
  • CsocD Side Event
    Financing Community-led Action for Inclusive, Resilient Post-Covid-19 Recovery MCLD is looking forward to hosting a Side Event at CsocD, titled 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 […]
  • 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 10 moments of 2021 to Shift The Power.  […]
  • 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.
  • Health for All Advocacy Toolkit
    The Health for All Advocacy Toolkit provides national-level civil society organizations (CSOs) and health networks with the necessary resources to kick-start advocacy initiatives on universal health coverage (UHC). It offers advocates a central reference point—a ‘one-stop shop’ for key information and tools to advocate for UHC, hold policy-makers accountable for their commitments, and build a broad social […]
  • Cross Learning Workshop involving the Togo and Benin MCLD Chapters
    Leaders from two West Africa chapters held a first joint in-person workshop to deepen their understanding of CLD and review progress.
  • All Democracy is Local
    A side event to the Summit for Democracy – December 6, 2021 A famous US politician once said “All politics is local.” By this he meant that the success of any political system depends on responding to local needs. Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes that every person has a right […]
  • Climate Action: Engaging with Governors at the “Devolution Conference”
    MCLD Kenya participated in the Devolution Conference 2021 (November 23-26) where Kenya’s President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta was the headline speaker. Hosted by the Makueni County Government, this year’s conference was themed “Multi – level Governance for Climate Action” and sought to address how county governments can be supported to unlock the full potential of climate […]
  • Community-led Adaptation for Climate Change
    Climate change is the most urgent crisis facing the world as we head towards a future where as much as a third of global food production will be at risk without drastic action. Centering community voices in climate discourse is the only pathway to achieving climate goals and developing durable solutions to climate change and its far-reaching […]
  • Localizing Livelihoods: Our Best Chance in the War on Poverty
    Based on MCLD’s sector dialogue on Livelihoods, Research and Advocacy Intern Benjamin Goldberg prepared a position paper to further present the arguments for a community-led approach to livelihoods and SDG 1. Excerpt from Ben’s paper: Thus far, global and indeed national development efforts have been dominated by a top-down approach that imposes policies framed by […]
  • Nutrition for Growth Side Event: Community Ownership Key to Good Nutrition
    November 24, 2021 – More than 95 activists for community-led nutrition action met to emphasize key community-led strategies and share three case studies. Good nutrition requires not only affordable access to nutritious food, but an entire local system of community-owned programs – what has often been termed a “food environment.” As identified in the Lancet […]
  • Community-led Climate Action
    On our October 2021 global call and in preparation for the COP26 Climate Summit, the Movement for Community-led Development came together to distill their experiences.
  • Local Means Local: Community Leadership and Facilitation in CLD
    Local Means Local: Community Leadership and Facilitation in CLD, a two-part multi-lingual learning event to share the findings from phase 2 of our collaborative research. We shared the key findings, implications, and recommendations from a Rapid Realist Review of 56 community-led programs.
  • Catch Up with the National Chapters: September 2021
    Our National Chapters have had a busy month of strengthening their internal understanding and practice of community-led development.  The Liberia Chapter hosted a knowledge sharing event to launch a Farmer’s Learning and Action Group. The attention and excitement generated demonstrated the powerful convening role that our National Chapters have; 50 farmers participated and committed themselves […]
  • Exploring Dynamic, Community-led WASH Systems
    Millions of people around the world continue to suffer from inadequate access to safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Our Dialogue on August 19th explores the importance of community-led approaches in achieving SDG #6 and improving global WASH planning and implementation. John Oldfield, Principal, Global Water 2020 John has two decades of experience in the nonprofit […]
  • Promoting Access to Justice Through Community-led Approaches
    There are about 5 billion people globally whose justice needs are unmet, including those who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems, those who are excluded from opportunities the law provides, and those who live in extreme conditions of injustice. While there are different justice systems in different parts of the world, this event will focus on how we can use community-led […]
  • Partnership with Makueni County
    September 30, 2021: Today Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, governor of Makueni County, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Movement for Community-led Development to work together to strengthen people’s participation in local governance. The next step will be to develop action plans and, in particular, explore the establishment of a School for Community-led Development, learning from […]
  • Citizen Engagement in Global Health
    In the 2030 Agenda established in 2015, the world community set bold commitments to “To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” (Sustainable Development Goal #3). It followed this up in 2019 with a commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). In the UN System’s Global Action Plan, one of the seven […]
  • Engaging Governments
    Our September 2021 Global Call was a co-creation of principles for how CLD organizations can effectively engage governments. We were pleased to hear introductory remarks from Jeff Thindwa, Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). Ann Hendrix-Jenkins presented a framework for the discussion (see slides below) and then breakout groups each created 3-4 guiding […]
  • Strengthening Community-Led Health Systems
    On September 28, 2021, The Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) in partnership with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CANWACH), organized a special dialogue on Strengthening Community-Led Development Health Systems. This was part of an ongoing series of Sector Dialogues being organized by MCLD in order to engage with sector experts to promote […]
  • Pandemics, Environment, and Communities
    This month’s Adapting CLD Covid-19 call was focused on the environment, what the pandemic has revealed about our relationship to the environment, and how climate change and the safeguarding of nature could be addressed through community-led development.  Moderators Gunjan Veda, Movement for Community-Led Development Nelly Mecklenburg, Institute for State Effectiveness Keynote Speakers David Bonnardeaux, Director of Environment, […]
  • Localizing Livelihoods: Expanding Opportunities in Communities
    The Movement’s second Sector Dialogue, Localizing Livelihoods: Expanding Opportunities in Communities, took place on September 16th. Watch the recording here: Our moderator for this event was Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego (DBA)  Interim Co-Vice President, Global Program at Oxfam America. Panelists Facilitators Localizing Livelihoods: Expanding Opportunities in Communities On September 16, 2021, the Movement for Community-led Development organized […]
  • Implementing CLD in Makueni County Kenya
    August 26, 2021: Makueni County is a leader in citizen engagement in governance. Their governor was the keynote in the launch of the Kenya Chapter in 2019. Here, Mrs. Zipporah (“Zippy”) Wambua, Director of Public Participation and Citizen Engagement, presents their experience in Community-led Development.
  • What We Learned
    For the first time, our collaborative research team shared findings from a rapid realist review of 56 programs globally to understand how facilitation and community leadership enable food security for all.
  • MCLD-Liberia hosts Youth Day Summit!
    The MCLD Liberia Youth  Chapter on August 12, 2021 hosted the World Youth Day Summit with about fifty (50) young adult youth  under the theme: Shift the power subtopic VISION TO LEAD.
  • Collaborating with Governments During COVID-19
    Moderators Gunjan Veda, Movement for Community-Led Development Nelly Mecklenburg, Institute for State Effectiveness Keynote Speakers Dr. Daisy N. Owomugasho, MCLD East Africa Regional Director Samuel Mutambo, National Program Director for THP Zambia, MCLD Zambia Coordinator Tindi Sitati, Collaboration Learning and Adaptation Officer for Global Communities, Regional Secretary for AFRICOOP Consortium Introduction On August 4th, participants […]
  • Strategy in Benin plus celebrating Youth Community Leadership
    July 28, 2021 – On the monthly global call, members shared stories of youth community leadership, and took a deep dive with our West Africa Regional Director – Pascal Djohossou – into the strategic process and impact of MCLD-Benin.
  • Time to Decolonise Aid!
    June 2021: This month the Movement for Community-led Development focused on the Triple Nexus of Peace, Humanitarian Response and Development. “Time to Decolonize Aid” is a new report that emerged from a three-day online consultation with 158 activists, decision- makers, academics, journalists and practitioners across the globe. Participants and guest contributors exchanged insights and local experiences on […]
  • Livelihoods, Food Security, Nutrition, and COVID-19
    Moderators Gunjan Veda – Movement for Community-led Development, and Nelly Mecklenburg – Institute for State Effectiveness Presenters Karina Sánchez Bazán – FAO Mexico Abdon Michel Lunda – Outreach DRC Livelihoods, Food Security, and Nutrition vs. COVID-19 Continuing the dialogue that started with our Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue (, this month’s Adapting CLD to COVID-19 […]
  • Practicing CLD: A Training on How to Use the CLD Assessment Tool
    By Janet Kassim, Intern at the Movement for Community-led Development On Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 at 8 AM EDT, a group of about 26 chapter members, program designers, and program implementers from different organizations, time zones, countries, and continents connected virtually on Zoom for MCLD’s first official training on the CLD Assessment tool organized by […]
  • Monthly Global Call: Transforming Food Systems
  • Key Takeaways from our Independent Food Systems Dialogue
    By Kristiann Koris and Anya Petranovic Introduction In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In response to the Summit’s invitation for civil society participation, the Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) is taking bold and […]
  • Food Systems For All
    By Tim Prewitt, CEO – The Hunger Project This year, the world is coming together to chart a path toward a more sustainable and equitable food system—a system that can meet the demands of our ever-growing population and is resilient to environmental shocks.  Having spent my career working on food systems, I can easily say […]
  • Shifting the Power: Sustaining School Feeding Programs through Active Stakeholder Engagement
    Featured photo: Primary school students receiving a nutritious, daily school meal with USDA donated commodities from PCI’s McGovern-Dole project in Huehuetenango, Guatemala and commodities purchased by PTAs with funds from Guatemala’s Ministry of Education. Photo Credit: Project Concern International, a Global Communities Partner Written by Stephanie Gaffney, Technical Advisor for Integrated School Feeding and Sustainable […]
  • Community-led Food System Models: Self-Sustaining and Shock-Resilient
    Featured Photo Credit: IIRR By Peter Williams, President, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction A stark global demographic projection, paired with the limited capacity to produce food at a low environmental cost, is cause for one of the most food insecure periods in modern times. The food crisis affecting more than 25% of the world’s population […]
  • A Garden of Inspiration in Baltimore
    By Eugene Cho, President/CEO, Bread for the World Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III, the senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, would not have expected the food system in the community to play such a large role in his ministry. But when he joined Pleasant Hope in 2010, he soon found himself praying with ailing members of the church beside their hospital beds.   Diabetes and other chronic conditions related to […]
  • Transforming Food Systems Through Professional Farmer Organizations
    By Casey Harrison, Livelihoods and Agribusiness Director, Nuru International Featured Image Caption:  Genda Farmer Cooperative Savings Committee Meeting in Ethiopia (photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic) Localizing Professionalism within Food Systems Nuru Kenya, Nuru Ethiopia, Nuru Nigeria, and Nuru International view the merging of business professionalism and the local context as a necessary prerequisite for […]
  • Community action, levers of change: Reorienting more inclusive & resilient local food systems
    Abstract: Food and market systems consistently evolve requiring astute management by suppliers to remain competitive. To meet this challenge, World Vision invests in smallholder farmer entrepreneurship. Through training, mentoring and technical support to networks of market actors, World Vision catalyzes food and market systems change through intergroup collaboration and market-driven intragroup competition, leading to a […]
  • Outreach International: Mobilizing Resilient Community-Led Food Systems
    By Dr. Kevin W. Prine President & CEO, Outreach International Alongside our local program partners and leaders, Outreach International supports communities to organize and access the resources necessary to overcome their most pressing challenges. For many households, such challenges pertain to food shortages, and it is through processes that are community-led, driven, and owned that […]
  • Raising Local Resources
    On our April 2021 Global Call, our members discussed the challenge of decolonizing aid by meeting core expenses via mobilizing local resources. Our special guests for the call were Eshban Kwesiga of the Global Fund for Community Foundations based in Uganda, shared his own story growing up in a community with no access to government […]
  • COVID-19 and Mental Health
    Moderators Gunjan Veda – Movement for Community-led Development, and Nelly Mecklenburg – Institute for State Effectiveness When this series first launched more than a year ago, we sought to explore the implications of COVID-19 and necessary adaptations. However, we did not know or expect the pandemic to be with us for so long and have […]
  • Why Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus Matters: Addressing Hunger and Conflict in South Sudan
    Photo: Terminal Dr Juba South Sudan By Cyrel San Gabriel Famine and civil war have persistently plagued South Sudan. While the international community continues to provide food, medicines, cash transfers, and livelihood programs, a long-term, strategic approach is needed to help the affected South Sudanese bounce back from such a tragedy. Humanitarian response, development, and […]
  • One Year Later: A Reflection on 12 Months of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Monthly MCLD calls
    For the past year, MCLD has been holding monthly calls with partners and organizations around the world to discuss their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. The calls have been a place for these organizations to collectively brainstorm solutions to problems they were facing and to build international solidarity during this crisis. To commemorate one year […]
  • Feminism and Food Systems
    The March global Zoom gathering of the Movement for Community-led Development featured special presentations by: Ritu Sharma, president of Radiant Advocacy and a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States. Learn more at this link, and scroll to the bottom to sign on! Joanna Veltri, […]
  • Systems Thinking for Community-led Food Systems
    John Coonrod, PhD. Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project and coordinator, the Movement for Community-led Development, 31 March 2021 Abstract: The pandemic has shown us once again that our current, increasingly centralized food system not only fails to meet the basic requirement of ensuring year-round affordable access to nutrition rich food for all, it has […]
  • MCLD-Malawi addresses COVID-19 questions on national radio and TV
    With so much misinformation swirling around COVID-19, the Movement for Community-led Development Malawi chapter organized community radio call-in and TV shows carried by the national broadcaster in the local Chewa language to link people to the experts. (Featured image credit: John Kalapo).
  • First Asia Zoom Call: Experience Sharing with BRAC and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
    March 17, 2021: More than 40 Community-led Development practitioners and supporters from across Asia – from Afghanistan to Australia – came together last night to discuss the methodologies of two of the largest, oldest and most successful Community-led Development (CLD) programs in the world: BRAC’s Community Empowerment Program (link to their website), which currently reaches […]
  • Adapting CLD processes to continue through COVID-19
    The 10th call in the Adapting CLD Programming to COVID-19 series marked a year (or more) of lockdowns in many parts of the world. The pandemic has forced organizations to pivot their programming and priorities – beyond just the immediate needs and response to the pandemic. During the call, participants heard from organizational representatives and […]
  • The Art of Facilitation: Changing the Way the World Meets
    Description: Hampshire College alum Jay W. Vogt founded Peoplesworth, a private practice in organizational development, in 1982 and he has facilitated thousands of meetings and retreats since. Jay is the author of Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach and Board Roles to Board Goals: Creating an Annual Board Workplan. In this talk he discusses […]