Community-Led Development and Its Rationale

  Patriarchy and ‘’top-down’’ development approaches have resulted in little or no change to the poor in the bottom. Instead of focusing on what strengths, assets, and capacities the communities possess, the approach solely has been trying to address the gaps and vulnerabilities without working to utilize or build upon the strengths. As a result, … Continue reading Community-Led Development and Its Rationale

Integration and Community Leadership Needs More Than Just Funding Changes

The nature of our world is multi-nodal and, with technology, today's means of accountability, collaboration, communication and fulfillment of responsibilities are evolving to reflect integration. International development needs to catch up - quickly. Locus, Pact, Church World Service, and The Hunger Project - all members of the international Movement for Community-led Development - addressed this … Continue reading Integration and Community Leadership Needs More Than Just Funding Changes

Bracing for Impact: Proposed Budget Cuts to USAID and the State Department

By: @alovelyimperfection President Donald Trump released his first formal proposed budget to Congress on 16 March 2017. As promised, the “America First” budget is proposing $54 billion in cuts throughout different federal government agencies and programs to offset an increase to the defense budget. Here is a snapshot of some departments that will be experiencing … Continue reading Bracing for Impact: Proposed Budget Cuts to USAID and the State Department

African Fiscal Decentralization: A Means to Local Governance

A common problem of local community-led development efforts is that local communities sometimes lack the proper resources to accomplish their goals. Additionally, when central governments control the budgets of local governments, money disbursement can become unfair and untimely. This is where we begin to question the best methods of funding local community efforts, and this is where … Continue reading African Fiscal Decentralization: A Means to Local Governance

The White House Summit on Global Development: Celebration, Legacy, and Looking Forward

The Obama administration took July 20th to celebrate almost eight years of global development policies, strategies, and initiatives. The summit hosted six panels around youth, partnerships, governance, food security, energy, and global health. Each panel discussed successes and lessons learned, many of which hold the essence of the principles of community-led development. Practices like subnational … Continue reading The White House Summit on Global Development: Celebration, Legacy, and Looking Forward

CARE Methodology

Founded in 1945, CARE’s original action plan has evolved from sending care packages overseas to funding and supporting projects that will deliver lasting change. CARE are focused on many different sectors include gender and gender-based violence, responding to emergencies and crises, supporting sustainable agricultural practices, encouraging education for women and girls, developing microfinance systems and … Continue reading CARE Methodology

Evidence from Bangladesh

Counterpart International recently completed a three-year leadership development project in Bangladesh (LDP) with 13,000 participants funded by USAID. Several conclusions from the Baseline Assessment (here) and the Impact Assessment Final Report (here) that are relevant to our Movement for Community-led Development are: Trainees’ knowledge and understanding of community development (Performance Monitoring Evaluation Plan #2) – … Continue reading Evidence from Bangladesh

Human-centered Design

Human-centered design, also called design thinking, is a process of design that incorporates feedback and iteration to create a product or system that is tuned to the needs of the community it serves. Design is more than fashion and interiors; it’s creative problem solving. Human-centered design is grounded in knowledge about users and it is … Continue reading Human-centered Design

A How-To on Policy Advocacy

Advocacy is not a thing to be feared. This online training tool will equip and prepare you to confidently advocate for community-led development. Whether you are a total novice, much like I was before completing the course, or have some experience in your back pocket, PATH’s training lays down a step-by-step process that can be … Continue reading A How-To on Policy Advocacy

Saemaul Undong – The Republic of Korea’s New Village Movement, part 2

Due to the successes the Saemaul Undong (SMU) Movement saw in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the 1970s, the government of ROK began to expand their practices into Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ROK demonstrated unprecedented growth, introducing what the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim described as “an economic and social revolution … Continue reading Saemaul Undong – The Republic of Korea’s New Village Movement, part 2