Join the Movement for a special Sector Dialogue, Localizing Livelihoods: Expanding Opportunities in Communities.

September 16, 2021 
10:00 to 11:30 AM EDT / 2:00 to 3:30 PM UTC

Around the world, almost 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day, and global unemployment threatens to exceed 200 million people by the end of 2022. In order to combat this crisis, we must strengthen communities, promote locally-led anti-poverty initiatives, and include valuable input from key stakeholders.

In this dialogue, we will hear from practitioners and experts who have applied the CLD approach in the livelihoods sector. The event will include a broad discussion of community-led development strategies in promoting livelihoods, and will then delve into subcategories including rural and youth development. Through this discussion, we intend to raise awareness for community livelihoods initiatives and workers.

Our moderator for this event will be Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego (DBA)  Interim Co-Vice President, Global Program at Oxfam America. With over 20 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, Laté also directs Oxfam’s food systems work that fights for inclusive, resilient sustainable, and healthy food systems for all. He leads key program operations, while also serving as vice-chair of Oxfam’s West Africa Governance Group.


Dr. Stephen Commins, Associate Director for Global Public Affairs at UCLA

Dr. Stephen Commins works in areas of regional and international development, with an emphasis on service delivery and governance in fragile states.  At UCLA, Dr. Commins teaches courses in regional and international development.Commins was Director of the Development Institute at the UCLA African Studies Center in the 1980s, and then worked as Director of Policy and Planning at World Vision International in the 1990s. Dr. Commins was Senior Human Development Specialist at the World Bank from 1999-2005. His current courses are on urbanization in developing countries, climate change, water and health, and disaster management. 

Silvya Kananu, Project Lead for USAID’s Youth Excel Project at IREX

Silvya Kananu serves as part of the core leadership team, provides strategic and technical leadership, and further serves as a liaison with USAID, IREX’s consortium, and key Youth Excel stakeholders that include youth-led and youth-serving organizations and local public- and private-sector officials. 
Prior to joining IREX, Silvya worked as a director of East Africa Programs at Sinapis, where she oversaw programs focused on entrepreneurship training and job creation for youth, women, and adults in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Adesuwa Ifedi, Senior Vice President of Africa Programs at Heifer International

Adesuwa Ifedi joined Heifer International in March 2020. She has had a rich career spanning over 25 years across the nonprofit, education, finance, research and entrepreneurship sectors. Ifedi has worked to support several global NGOs and social enterprises find local relevance and customize their business model to meet the demand for services in Africa. Before she joined Heifer, she worked at Bridge International Academies as Vice President of Policy and Partnerships overseeing Bridge’s expansion work across Africa through public and private partnerships.

The dialogue will begin with a “fishbowl” style discussion of community-led development strategies for improving livelihoods. This discussion would be followed by breakout group sessions to discuss the challenges and opportunities for CLD in the livelihoods sector.

Breakout Room Facilitators

Eric Muñoz, Senior Program Manager, Food and Climate Justice at Oxfam America
Silvya Kananu, Project Lead for USAID’s Youth Excel Project at IREX
Anna Kovasna, Director of Research and Education at Global Ecovillage Network International

We hope you will be able to join us for this discussion!