• 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…
  • 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)…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • What Transformation Takes
    February 2021: This month, the MCLD Learning Working Group hosted a discussion on responsible transitions to locally led entities including Grace Boone, Program Manager at CDA Collaborative Learning, Pauline Wambeti, Director of Nuru Kenya, and Sia Nowrojee, program lead of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up program. Our speakers discussed practical lessons for how shifts in…
  • President Joyce Banda to Keynote January 27 Event
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce Banda, the 1997 Africa Prize Laureate and former president of Malawi will deliver the keynote address at our upcoming event. President Banda has recently devoted her energies to a new community development initiative in her country.  On Wednesday, January 27, we will host our first major Zoom…
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • #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…
  • 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!
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • The Pill vs Gender-based Violence
    Tenth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/araoraor December 4 – On this day in 1961, Britain’s National Health Service first made oral contraception available. Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some other religious groups, a 2012 study by the Guttmacher Institute found that 99% of all women…
  • Halting Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities
    Ninth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh December 3 is the International Day for People with Disabilities. According to the Minnesota website DisabilityJustice.org, “People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities.” The site reports that 83% of women…