• Livelihoods, Food Security, Nutrition, and COVID-19
    Moderators Gunjan Veda – Movement for Community-led Development, and Nelly Mecklenburg – Institute for State Effectiveness Livelihoods, Food Security, Nutrition, and COVID-19 Presenters Karina Sánchez Bazán – FAO Mexico Abdon Michel Lunda – Outreach DRC To access or download the slides, click the >> at right.
  • 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…
  • MCLD-Asia: PEKKA and NSP
    Started in 2001 as a small component of a large World Bank funded program, discover how PEKKA (Women Headed Family Empowerment) became a nationwide Movement for women’s empowerment and change. Nani Zulminarni, the Founder and Chair of PEKKA Foundation shared the story of how change happens and how women lead! The National Solidarity Program (NSP)…
  • 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…
  • Team Building Module Facilitator’s Guide
    Description: The following session facilitation guidance has been developed to assist NuPITA OD advisors to implement the teambuilding workshop. The workshop is designed to engage participants in boththeoretical information and application through a combination of case studies, role-plays, individual discussion, small group exercises, and large group discussions. It may be applied to an entire organization…
  • Protection Mainstreaming Training Facilitator’s Guide
    Description: The target audience for the training is staff workingin all IRC sectors from assistant level upwards.Recognizing that the level of staff capacity in IRCvaries from country to country, trainers should tailor thematerials appropriately to their audience. A methodology focusing on practicality ratherthan theory has been favored; the aim being to getparticipants to ask themselves…
  • An Orientation on the Cooperative Business Model Facilitator’s Guide
    Description: The facilitator’s guide is geared towards people who are interested in organizing and facilitating Think.COOP training. It provides guidance on planning the training and facilitation techniques and also provides step-by-step descriptions of the learning activities in the Think.Coop training guide, including key messages to be shared with participants. This guide also serves as a…
  • A Facilitators’ Guide to Participatory Workshops with NGOs/CBOs Responding to HIV/AIDS
    Description: This guide does not attempt to explore how participatory approaches can be applied to different aspects of HIV/AIDS work. The Alliance documents this information in the form of toolkits (trainingmanuals) on specific subjects. These toolkits include examples of participatory tools and activities which can be used to help people discuss different issues. Instead, this…
  • Seven Moves: Protection, Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies Training Facilitator manual
    Description: The overall objective of the training is to enable participants to understand the issues of protection, gender and inclusion, and their implications for their respective areas of work. This is achieved through learning about analysis and integration of protection, gender and inclusion into emergency programming. The training programme will introduce the‘Minimum Standards for Protection,…
  • ToT Facilitator Guide House to House Social mobilization for vaccination activities
    Description: This Facilitator Guide is written for all people providing training for trainers (ToT). It is a resource to assist you in preparing supervisors and volunteers for the important work they will perform in their own communities. Facilitators will help participants learn in a flexible and action-oriented manner. Quick Tip: This guide provides compelling material…
  • Online Facilitation 101
    Description: All of our workshops are rooted in our Direct Education approach. Our trainers center the group, building upon dynamics in the room and participants’ own experience to introduce new content and help the group access their own wisdom. Many of our public workshops are “training of trainers”; they’re designed for folks facilitating and training across contexts…
  • Preparing for Training and Facilitating
    Description: This module provides information and techniques for planning participatory training in the context of natural resource management. The main target group of this module is people who are familiar with participatory methods and tools but may have less practical experience with providing participatory training. Quick Tip: This source includes information about participatory training. It…
  • Guide for Training Community Leaders to Improve Leadership and Management Practices
    Description: This guide is aimed at people, teams, or institutions from the governmental sector or other sectors of civil society that work with communities. This guide can be used as supporting material in community-based programs and projects for the local management of municipalities and the improvement of education, social welfare, and health services. Quick Tip:…
  • Training of Trainers for Community QI NGO Facilitators
    Description: Every team goes through the stages of development:• Forming• Storming• Norming• PerformingEach stage is a critical part of ensuring the team is well functioning andreaching its goals. The Coach and QI team leader should understand these stages and the process of team development. The QI team should assess the stages of their team and…
  • The Partnership Toolbox A Facilitator’s Guide to Partnership Dialogue
    Description: This manual is a guide to facilitating constructive discussion and dialogue with partners. It is based on the idea that partnership is a process and an ongoing journey. Rather than a set oftools to apply to partners, this manual lays out a process for CRS and partners to jointly explore the challenges they face.…
  • Guiding an Event Through to a Successful Conclusion
    Description: So you’ve been asked to facilitate a meeting. What does that mean exactly? Do you just ensure that everyone’s introduced, and maybe kick off with a quick ice breaker exercise? Is your main role simply to stand by the flip chart and note down all the ideas? What preparation do you need to do? How do you…
  • RedR UK Training
    Description: This three-day CPD Accredited course combines theory and practice to help you understand the fundamentals of training and facilitation and develop competencies to aid you in becoming a more effective trainer. You will learn from experience, observation, and feedback in highly participatory activities. The skills you learn during the course will immediately be put…
  • Trainer Guidelines
    Description: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has identified protection as a priority in all aspects of our programming, in both emergency and nonemergency contexts. To ensure that all staff have a shared level ofunderstanding of what is meant by protection, the CRS Protection Team has prepared the following Training Module. CRS anticipates that all CRS country…
  • Facilitation Guide
    Description: This is a guide for facilitating a presentation and discussion of the training film ―To Serve with Pride: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The film addresses the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and related personnel as well as NGO personnel. It is a useful tool to better understand…
  • Facilitator Guide for Community-Based Health and First Aid in Action (CBHFA)
    Description: The goal of community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) is the creation of a healthy community. CBHFA in action can be tailored to meet the needs of any community or target group. This targeted training and preparedness education is provided by selecting topics identified by the community. Development with the community goes beyond training.…
  • Remote Humanitarian Facilitation
    Description: This note is intended to guide international and nationaloperational actors on how to adapt and think about remotefacilitation in the context of, and after, COVID-19. It provides asnapshot of key takeaways from existing research, and drawstogether emerging learning and guidance. HumanitarianAdvisory Group (HAG) and Caritas Australia collaborated onthis note, drawing on our experience in…
  • Strengthening the Role of Women with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action: A Facilitator’s Guide
    Description: Working in partnership with regional networks of women with disabilities, the WRC has developed a Facilitator’s Guide for training, entitled Strengthening the Role of Women with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Designed for women leaders of organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), this Facilitator’s Guide helps provide training to members, colleagues and/or partners. It is…
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Facilitation Guide
    Description: It is important to note that this is a living document. What you are reading now is a rough draft, and it is only one version of how this could be done. The current tour team is making many changes as they work with different groups and integrate lessons and feedback, and surely you…
  • Integral Facilitator® Programs
    Description: The Integral Facilitator® training is a series of programs that combines the principles of masterful facilitation with leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach. Quick Tip: A unique but paid training program that could give new insights into facilitation, especially those who are more experienced.…
  • Learning Solutions: Online Facilitation Cards
    Description: These facilitation cards are a set of printable and digital images that can be used to visually facilitate meetings, workshops, and learning events taking place online. There are three versions that can be used separately or combined, depending on the context:■ Smartphone version (people show their phone screens to their webcams).■ Print-out version (Printing…
  • About IAF in Africa
    Description: Facilitation in Africa is as broad and diverse as the continent itself. Made up of 54 countries, with as many as 2,000 different spoken languages and at least as many ethnic groups, the continent is rich in its many approaches to facilitation.  Facilitation practice is also very deep-rooted in many African traditional and spiritual…
  • A Toolkit for Community Development Practitioners in South Africa
    Description: The toolkit is a step-by-step manual for Community Development Practitioners to enable communities to engage effectively in managing their own development. It will assist Community Development Practitioners to facilitate discussions at the community level on livelihood issues, assist communities plan and implement appropriate activities to enhance and maintain their livelihoods; identify projects and/or interventions…
  • ​Video Training Program: Mobilizing Community Assets
    Description: A downloadable training program based on Building Communities from the Inside Out (1995). The program consists of six separate modules, each lasting 30 to 45 minutes. They are below in fourteen 15-minute segments. John McKnight and John Kretzmann present clear, practical ways to mobilize the capacities of local residents, the power of citizens’ associations, and…
  • Community Engagement
    Description: There have been growing calls for service providers to seek greater community engagement in the design and delivery of services. However there is no consensus as to what this involves, and there appears to be a gap between the rhetoric and the reality of community engagement. This paper seeks to clarify what community engagement…
  • Theory of Change: A Facilitator’s Guide
    Description: In this curriculum, we present one method that does its best to align to the requirements of creating a development hypothesis for a Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Previous experience in program and TOC development, participant feedback from six years of TOPS workshops, and input…
  • Comprehensive Guide for Facilitator Training
    Description: This facilitator guide is for training yourself to lead a group through a learning session, even if you’re not an expert on the subject or an experienced teacher. Quick Tip: This guide is an easier read than a handbook but not as detailed. It gives an overall summary of what is required for facilitators…
  • Facilitation Skills Training Manual: A Facilitator’s Handbook
    This training manual is meant to be used by social workers, teachers, project and field staff, health workers, rehabilitation officers, local leaders, and other educators involved in training as a resource for enhancing techniques and skills needed to keep participants energized, attentive, engaged and as a result inspired.