Today November 16, 2023, 35 officials from Makueni County graduated with a certificate in Community-Led Development at a ceremony graced by the County’s leadership led by Her Excellency Deputy Governor Lucy Mulili alongside MCLD Founder Dr. John Coonrod and a host of civil society groups. This inaugural cohort, comprised of Ward Development Officers, kicked off… Read more: First Cohort of School for Devolution and CLD Graduates Today in Makueni
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Movement Matters #14 – Francis Oyat Otoo Francis Oyat Otoo is committed to strengthening community-led development in Uganda. Working with Family Harvest Foundation, a community-based organization dedicated to providing hands-on skills, and with MCLD Uganda, Francis is inspired by the people he encounters every day. Read more to learn about Francis’ work and his reflections… Read more: Francis Oyat Otoo – Family Harvest Foundation
What a month! Africa held its first Climate Summit – accompanied by a People’s Climate Summit – and the UN declares localization as a key enabler to rescue the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Watch the recordings in both English and French to catch up on the conversation with those who were in the rooms where… Read more: Debrief the Summits!
Movement Matters #13 – Rose Mbone, The Legend Kenya Meet Rose Mbone, a visionary peacebuilder from Nairobi. Rose founded The Legend Kenya, fostering nonviolent conflict resolution and amplifying the voices of youth and women in peace efforts. Rose is dedicated to holistic change. For those newer to MCLD, Rose offers advice to embrace the space… Read more: Rose Mbone – The Legend Kenya
With support from One Village Partners, MCLD-Sierra Leone carried out a successful campaign to prevent violence in the run up to the June 24, 2023 general election. They carried out the following activities: Read the full report here!
The August 2023 monthly zoom call focused on preparations for September’s SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Summit, at which the UN Secretary General has called for a “Rescue Plan” so that the world can “win in the second half.” Our special guest on this call was Massimo Perrino, Policy Officer at United Cities and Local Governments… Read more: Half-Time! MCLD Prepares for the SDG Summit
In January 2023, MCLD and member Peace Direct hosted a call with USAID, and Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and local peace makers to discuss metrics for how USAID would measure its commitment that by 2030 “”at least half of every dollar we spend, will need to place local communities in the lead to either co-design a… Read more: How USAID will measure the “50% Commitment”
French Audio Slides Each July the world community reviews progress on the 2030 Agenda — the Sustainable Developments (SDGs). As we approach “half-time” it is clear that the world is doing very badly. Very few targets are on track and some are regressing. The Secretary General has called for a “Rescue Plan” at the September… Read more: Watch our July 26, 2023 Call — Can Communities Rescue the SDGs?
Sheku M. Gassimu Jr. is inspired by the passion and energy that flow within communities. He has worked with OneVillage Partners (OVP) since 2014, and in this month’s Movement Matters column, he shares with MCLD insight into his career and the shifts that OVP has made to become more community-led.
Anne Praxyeda Gidudu believes every individual needs the opportunity to reach their full potential through inclusion, have a supportive family who can encourage them and manage their disability, and also participate in their community with as few barriers as possible.
Essi Mansan Séna Chakpla draws inspiration from the people she has the opportunity to work with – especially young people and women. In this month’s Movement Matters column, Essi shares the wisdom of her 21 years of experience working on community-driven development in Togo.
On today’s global call, we heard the 30 organizations in the MCLD Associaion in Nigeria, known as Strategy Action for Community Development – SACD-Nigeria, conducted a successful campaign across 13 states of the country, reaching 1 million people directly and 10 million through the media. As they report, “we saved lives.” Introduction Nigeria’s 2023 presidential… Read more: Preventing Election Violence in Nigeria
In March 2023, MCLD signed its second county partnership, this with Taita Taveta County. MCLD-Kenya Executive Director Steve Ogutu has recent held meetings with the county leadership and staff. Following the second meeting, H.E. Christine Saru Kilalo, Deputy Governor, provided this message.
Listen to the recording of our March 29th call, to noted Indian Muslim feminist Dr. Syeda Hameed on the transformative power of women’s leadership, and from MCLD-Kenya’s Steve Ogutu and Makeuni County director for citizen engagement Zipporah Wambua.
March 17, 2023 – Wote City, Makueni County, Kenya – Today was the first session of the first School for Community-led Development in Africa! Hear from the Director for Citizen Engagement and public participation, Zipporah Wambua: There are enormous challenges facing the people of Makueni, and they did exercises (which they will recreate locally) to… Read more: Training of Trainers for the School for CLD – Session 1!
Thursday, March 16, 2023 marked the official launch of the School for Community-led Development in Makueni County, Kenya. The day included the signing of a revised Memorandum of Understanding with the governor H.E. Multula Kilonzo Junior, CBS elected in 2022. The signing was followed by a very inclusive public event featuring remarks by the governor… Read more: Makueni County launches School for CLD
This month’s column features Loren Reyes of Ikapitbisigmo. Loren is an advocate for inclusive development, and co-founder of Ikapitbisigmo Cooperative. Loren shares about the power of building a strong network, how she began following a community-led approach, and more.
“The world will never realize 100 percent of its goals if 50 percent of its people cannot realize their full potential,” said Ban Ki-Moon, Former United Nations Secretary-General in reference to the post-2015 international development agenda
By Ian Smith* This article was originally published by Foodtank at this link. The Movement for Community Led Development in Liberia (MCLD-Liberia) is helping farmers address challenges with home-grown solutions. Through these efforts, they are working to empower women and youth and to ensure that international development in their country is driven by communities. In… Read more: Farmers Spearheading Community Led Development in Liberia
Our February 2023 global call was inspired by the dynamic participation of disability rights groups in our January 10th call and our recognition that these two movements needed to join forces. This call was not a one-time event but rather the beginning of a journey and a commitment to an every-day negotiation. Join us! Watch… Read more: Disability Inclusion in the Practice of CLD
MCLD has begun a process to co-create our future. At this time, we have designed an outreach conversation with members and other stakeholders that will take the form of a Listening Café. We invite you to sign up for a 45-minute meeting to bring your voice to this moment of transition while we intentionally listen.… Read more: MCLD Listening Cafés: Bring your voice to our transition
Emmanuel Singa works on issues of community engagement and social mobilization that enable the community to take local initiatives for development while building on available local resources. In this month’s article, Emmanuel unpacks his vision for MCLD-RCA and his conception of community-led development.
On February 1, the Movement for Community-led Development partnered with InterAction on their next Big Think session on U.S. Global Food Security Response: Zeroing in on Local Leadership. In a thoughtful discussion moderated by MCLD-Uganda’s Sophie Kange, participants came together to learn about the U.S. global food security response from the perspectives of local and… Read more: Addressing Nutrition Crises in South Asia
With our members’ leadership and commitment, community-led development (CLD) continued to gain traction this year and we have seen how differently CLD can be done through diverse local visions. Looking to 2023, we are eager to continue this push to center local voices! Join us in celebrating some of the Movement for Community-led Development’s highlights… Read more: MCLD Highlights of 2022
This month, our colleagues unveiled two new journal articles based on inputs from many of our members, plus we began a new practice of hearing from one MCLD National Association each month. This month featured MCLD-Uganda with its 83 members. We heard from its chair Nixon Ochatre and coordinator Joanna Mbakulo. Update: The journal articles… Read more: Monthly Call! Systems Change and MCLD-Uganda!
The USAID Administrator has committed to 50% of USAID funding putting communities in the driver’s seat by 2030. USAID has identified 30 good practices (listed below) towards this goal. We’d like to collect your input by January 31 on these practices to share with USAID! Featured image: by Ana Flávia on Unsplash
Today more than 190 representatives of community-based organizations engaged with USAID officials on the process of fulfilling the administrator’s goal that 50% of USAID programs will put communities in the driver’s seat. Here is the recording — we still have lots of work to do to distill the wisdom of the participants, so come back… Read more: Shaping USAID’s 50% metric
“Unlearning is the highest level of learning” You know that feeling when you find something that you have been searching for your entire life? You step in the room…virtual or in-person…listen, and slowly find yourself instantly nodding in agreement, while also asking the question, “How am I just now finding myself here?” I know the… Read more: Reflection on MCLD’s (Un)Learning Labs
As MCLD evolves into an independent, global network of networks, members came together to share what their national MCLD associations have achieved in 2022 and their aspirations for 2023. Here is the recording. We are in the process of compiling the inputs and will add them to this post in coming days.