• Stepping into their Role: How Civil Society Organizations can strengthen the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
    By Gunjan Veda On December 9,  we polled a virtual room full of civil society representatives if they felt prepared to engage with the World Health Organization and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and rollout. The answer was a resounding no.  This gathering of community-led development (CLD)…
  • Co-creating 2021
    December’s global call by the Movement for Community-Led Development provided our movement members and national chapter leaders with the opportunity to reflect on 2020 and think collaboratively towards co-creating 2021. As Raj Kuman recently said, 2020 may have set back development by a decade, but it also accelerated the transformation of development by a decade.…
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
    Adapting CLD Processes to Continue Through COVID-19: Vaccine Preparedness December 9, 2020 The ninth global CLD and Covid-19 call hosted by the Movement for Community Led Development (MCLD) brought together MCLD members and experts from global health and civil society organizations to discuss the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the role of community organizations in…
  • Community Action for Nutrition
    November 24, 2020: What are the linkages between community-led development, nutritional health, and local resilience? And how has the COVID era highlighted the urgent need for all three? An MCLD sponsored event offered practical insights to these questions and more through presentations from Nuru Nigeria, Gardens for Health in Rwanda, and Uganda’s Food Rights Alliance,…
  • Measurement Tools for CLD
    At the November 25, 2020 Monthly Global Zoom Call, we introduced two new tools: Catholic Relief Services presented their Mini-Social Cohesion Barometer and our Scoping Subgroup introduced their CLD Assessment tool.
  • Mini-Social Cohesion Barometer
    On our November 25, 2020 Global Call, Robert (Bob) Groelsema and Bridget Kimball will present CRS’ newly published, “Mini-Social Cohesion Barometer (mini-SCB).” The mini-SCB grew out of a series of workshops attended by Christians, Muslims, civil servants, and civil society and business leaders in war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). Participants eagerly embraced the tool because…
  • Covid 19 Vaccine: Access, Preparedness and Information
    In response from community leaders around the world, senior representatives from the WHO and civil society presented an initial briefing on COVID-19 vaccines and the strategies for equitable access and community engagement. Click to read the the key takeaways in English or French.
  • Citizens’ Charter
    Recording and notes from today’s global call of the Movement for Community-led Development featuring the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program of Afghanistan, and government-implemented CLD programs in Indonesia and Uzbekistan. Presenters: Mr. Mujeeb Habib, Head of Capacity Development, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Afghanistan Ms. Nani Zulminarni, Founder and Director, Pekka (Female Headed Household…
  • A Reflection on Covid-19 and Community-Led Development: The Journey Thus far
    Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST) Facilitators: Gunjan Veda (MCLD) and Nelly Mecklenberg (Institute for State Effectiveness) As the Adapting Community-Led Development (CLD) to Covid 19 series moved into its seventh month, participants from around the world took time to reflect on their experiences and discuss what had changed over the…
  • Peer Learning Across Countries
    Our national chapters comprise more than 1,000 community-based organizations and many networks. Each month they meet at the national and global level — often with topical guest speakers. This month chapter leaders themselves presented strategies and priorities, and Benin presented a case study of successful influence with the health ministry and Benin’s national response strategy.…
  • Community Leaders Fighting COVID-19: A Global Conversation at UNGA75
    On September 16, 2020, the Movement for Community-led Development organized a global conversation around community leaders fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as a side event for the 75th United Nations General Assembly. With speakers from the community, institutional, and policy level, the discussion sought to facilitate a knowledge exchange and advocate for the inclusion of community…
  • Adapting CLD to Covid 19 and Beyond: Government Engagement (Call 5)
    Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST) Facilitators: Gunjan Veda (MCLD) and Nelly Mecklenberg (Institute for State Effectiveness) During the fifth call in the Adapting CLD to Covid 19 series, participants reflected on government engagement with communities and civil society during the Covid 19 pandemic. This was particularly pertinent in advance of…
  • UNGA75: Relive our event!
    On 16 September, on the margins of the 75th UN General Assembly, we held a webinar to focus attention on the vital role of community leadership in the global fight against COVID-19. Featured Panelist: Bineta Diop; Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security Mme Bineta Diop is…
  • How Communities Hold Development Banks Accountable
    We have all heard horror stories of large-scale development projects destroying the livelihoods of poor communities. How can low-income communities hold international financial institutions such as the World Bank accountable? How can they even find out that these projects are coming their way?
  • “Transform or Die”
    Notes and recordings from our July 2020 Monthly Call Our featured speaker this month was Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam GB and former head of Civicus, a global alliance dedicated to strengthening civil society around the world. Danny described the transformation underway at Oxfam — towards a future where their current program countries are…
  • Social Accountability and CLD
    On June 30, 2020, representatives from the Movement for Community-led Development facilitated a webinar hosted the Global Partnership for Social Accountability entitled “Community-led Development and Social Accountability: Mobilizing Community Response to Covid-19.” The 90-minute webinar was attended by 128 participants from around the world.
  • Social Accountability and CLD in Covid-19 Response
    By Gunjan Veda and Rowlands Kaotcha Published June 29, 2020 by Global Partnership for Social Accountability. Shortly after the WHO declared Covid19 a global pandemic, community leaders in Bangladesh realized the need to organize to limit its spread and ensure social protection for the most vulnerable. They began enrolling volunteers to form Village Development Teams…
  • Accountability Counsel
    On this month’s global call of the Movement for Community-led Development, our special presenters were Natalie Bridgeman Fields, founder and executive director of Accountability Counsel, and Samer Araabi, research director whose SSIR article at this link brought us together. To download the slide deck or see it full screen, click the >> at right. Natalie’s…
  • #WorldRefugeeDay: Refugees are Community Leaders
    By Mary Elizabeth Margolis, Senior Director of Communications, Church World Service We often hear about the unbelievable challenges refugees face in their journeys to find safety. Refugees fleeing violence and persecution risk everything for the hope of safety and a bright future for their children. Once they escape immediate danger, rather than open arms they…
  • “Adapting CLD Processes to Covid 19 Brainstorm Session 3: Scenario Planning for Crisis Response”
    Wednesday, June 17th at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (EST) Facilitators: Gunjan Veda (MCLD) and Nelly Mecklenburg (ISE)  The Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) organized the third global call to continue the collective brainstorming around how to adapt programming to address the challenges posed by Covid-19 on June 17th, 2020. The focus of the session…
  • #WorldEnvironmentDay – Communities are the key!
    Happy World Environment Day! Rural communities are playing a vital role in restoring our natural environment – they are the people most dependent on a vibrant, sustainable environment. Watch how former poachers change their ways through community action. Image iStock: Rusanovska Read more on how community-led development and nature conservation go hand-in-hand in Malawi.
  • Unicef’s new Minimum Standards for Community Engagement
    A founding goal of our Movement has been to raise the profile of Community-led Development in mainstream development discourse. Unicef has taken a major step in that direction by developing and launching standards and indicators for community engagement in its programs. We were delighted to welcome Rania Elessawi, Communication for Development Specialist (Planning and Monitoring)…
  • Adapting CLD Processes for Covid19 and Beyond – Part 2
    Adapting CLD Processes for Covid19 and Beyond Wednesday, May 20th at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (EST) Facilitators: John Coonrod (MCLD) and Nelly Mecklenburg (ISE)  On May 20, 2020 The Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) organized a second call to continue the collective brainstorming around how to adapt programming to address the challenges posed by…
  • Measuring Social Capital and Social Cohesion
    April 2020 Monthly Global Meeting of the Movement for Community-led Development. This month, a team of researchers from Mercy Corps and the University of Washington presented a new tool kit to address one of the most vexing challenges in Community-led Development — how do you actually measure what matters? (Starts 11 minutes into the recording)…
  • COVID-19 Brainstorm – 21 April
    Purpose: To collectively consider the barriers to CLD programming during COVID-19 preparation, response and recovery, and to brainstorm solutions. Some 98 practitioners from around the world shared the barriers, resources and adaptations. To expand or download the PDF documents below, click on >> at right.
  • Action for Gender Equality
    A special Learning Session In this year of Beijing+25 the session theme is Harnessing the power of Gender Equality featuring Geeta Rao Gupta (UNF and 3D), Hemlata Verma (ICRW) and Mary Kate Costello (THP). The full program with speaker bios and their slide decks are below.
  • Community is key to Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
    Top 10 Recommendations of the Movement for Community-led Development to the World Health Organization Executive Board, February 2020. Everyone wants a healthy life for themselves and their families. To achieve this, people must have affordable and accountable access to quality health care and disease prevention, as well as information that they trust on the social…
  • Stopping As Success: January 2020 MCLD Meeting
    Grace Boone of CDA Collaborative and David Yamron of Search for Common Ground were the special guests at our meeting today, briefing us on a project central to Community-led Development – “Stopping As Success: Transitioning to Locally Led Development.” The project website here has just gone live, and will feature 20 case studies and tools.
  • 2019 Top 10 Achievements
    Our Overarching goal for 2019 has been to shift the movement into “Phase Two”: to move beyond enlisting and organizing member organizations into taking collective, strategic action towards facilitating community-led development at scale. This goal has been achieved! Influencing National Governments:  We were invited by the national governments of Benin and Uganda to provide input…
  • Co-Creating 2020
  • Collective Impact
    November 2019 monthly global meeting of the Movement for Community-led Development, featuring a tutorial on Collective Impact 3.0 and the Water of System Change by Ann Hendrix-Jenkins, reports from participants at six international conferences, and news from East and West Africa country chapters. Click here to view the slide deck!
  • Unleash Women’s Power: Neighborhood Groups in Kerala
    By Father Edwin M. John – a submission to the UN Commission on the Status of Women A massive experiment in the State of Kerala, India, points the way to a new political order in terms of global governance from below, to ensure empowerment of women,  in a wide-reaching and sustainable manner. The experiment, Kudumbashree,…
  • Standing for Human Dignity: #ShiftThePower by Transforming our Language and Actions
    A full-day symposium on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Date: October 2, 2019 On the day he was assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi left behind a message – what he called a “talisman.” He said, we must think of the face of the poorest person we’ve ever seen and ask whether the action we contemplate will…
  • Mexico’s Municipal School for Community-led Development
    The Hunger Project-Mexico has developed and implemented a comprehensive curriculum to empower local stakeholders in mobilizing communities to take change of their own development.
  • Learning from Failure
    July 31, 2019 – Our Learning Working Group organized it’s second special learning event of the year. Objective: To build a culture of sharing and learning from failure as well as apply some standardized tools to help along the way. 10:00 am         Introduction, LWG co-chairs Sia Nowrojee, 3D Program for Girls…
  • Citizen, Voice and Action (CVA)
    July 17, 2019 – Suzanne Cant of World Vision International presented their experience in social accountability via their CVA methodology.
  • Our time at the 2019 UN High-level political forum
    This year’s UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) to track progress on the 2030 Agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was particularly important to the Movement as Goal 16 – Peace and Inclusive Good Governance – was on the agenda. (Featured photo with the star of the “Citizen-generated Data” session, 14-year-old Roslinda from Indonesia) A…
  • Power is shifting to communities and INGOs need to be part of it
    Our world is changing from the ground up. Whether a community-owned pub in the UK, participatory budget-making in Spain, a community endowment fund in Zimbabwe, or a post-earthquake bare-foot volunteer programme in Nepal, local communities are finding new ways of deciding things and doing things for themselves.
  • Innovations in Malawi
    At the May 2019 Global Call of the Movement for Community-led Development, we had two excellent presentations: Claudia Liebler, co-founder of Root Change, presented their “Social Labs” approach pioneered in two districts of Malawi. Rowlands Kaotcha, Southern Africa regional coordinator for The Hunger Project based in Malawi, presented the Epicenter Strategy, now active in 127…
  • Dignity, Equality and Social Protection: A Call for Integrated Strategies at CSW
    Every year, thousands of women’s rights activists from around the world converge on UN Headquarters in New York to push world leaders ever closer – inch by inch – to realizing the vision of women’s full and equal participation. This year’s 63rd session on the Commission on the Status of Women paid special attention to…
  • Tips “4” Social Protection
    Design is more important than affordability. Regarding? Well, arguably anything. But let’s consider social protection. Let’s first about the fact that approximately 55% of the world’s population does not have full social protection (that’s about 4 billion people). Let’s also think about the reality that in developing contexts or developing countries, the percentage of national…
  • Capacity Development
    2019-02-27 Special Learning Event This was the first Learning Session organized by the newly-formed CLD Learning Working Group, which evolved from the Locus Learning Working Group. Co-chairs: Matt Lineal (Nuru International) and Sia Nowrojee (3D Program for Girls and Women) Brian Viani, Leadership & Training Strategic Advisor, Nuru International, From ‘Capacity Building’ to ‘Capacity Development’:…
  • Breaking News – Kenya Launch!
    PRESS RELEASE The Community-led Development (CLD) Movement Launches Kenya Chapter NAIROBI, 30 January 2018 –The Community-led Development (CLD) Movement today unveiled the CLD Kenya Chapter at the Heifer International grounds in Nairobi. The Movement is an alliance of civil societies seeking the widespread adoption of grassroots initiatives to empower communities to become the authors of…
  • A Fair Share of Public Resources
    Many communities are denied a fair share of public resources. Here is the best resource to date on where countries stand on this key step for empowering local development.
  • All Human Beings
    The final post in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: United Nations. On December 10, 1948 the newly established General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR). No nation voted against it, although a few, like Saudi Arabia, abstained. That means today is the…
  • Women Saving the Earth
    Thirteenth in the series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: NASA December 7, 1972 – On the last Apollo mission to the moon, astronauts took a photo now known as the “Blue Marble” photo – very likely the most reproduced photo in history – the first ever “whole earth” photo. As a…
  • Women Fight Corruption
    Fifteenth in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day. #UnitedAgainstCorruption. According to Transparency International, there are millions of courageous women fighting corruption worldwide. The United Nations reports that “Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption…
  • Is God a Feminist?
    Fourteenth in my series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo – public domain – of the painting by Francisco Rizi. December 8 is observed by some Christians as the “Feast of the Immaculate Conception” and honors Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. Mary plays a major role in both the Christian…
  • Guns make gender-based violence deadly.
    Twelfth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo by by ZhengZhou of the sculpture “Non-Violence” by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN headquarters at New York City. December 6, 1989 was the Montreal massacre – a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique  specifically targeting feminists. Since then, December 6 has become a…
  • International Volunteer Day
    December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD). In 2018, the theme for this day is “Volunteers build Resilient Communities,” recognizing volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. Women represent 57% of volunteers globally so this…