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

Proposed Budget Cuts: Community-led Development at Risk

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 the increase to the defense budget. Here is a snapshot of some departments that will be experiencing budget cuts: … Continue reading Proposed Budget Cuts: Community-led Development at Risk

Feed the Future – How Food Security Impacts Gender Inequality

September 7, 2016- Gayle Smith, USAID Administrator announced a new report in Nairobi, Kenya today that extends the United States Government's previous 2009 initiative on the promise of eradication of global hunger and poverty.  The new report outlines the strategy to end global hunger for the next 15 years.  "Bolstered by the strong bipartisan passage of … Continue reading Feed the Future – How Food Security Impacts Gender Inequality

Together for 2030 – A Global Partnership Committed to Betterment of Humanity

At the Together for The 2030 Agenda--The Partnerships Playbook, seeks to share values in action with member countries, one that is humanity-based. The Partnership comes together in a renewed and focused manner through what unites us rather divides us. According to the 2030 Agenda "We are bound by our commitment to work together to support … Continue reading Together for 2030 – A Global Partnership Committed to Betterment of Humanity

West Africa and Decentralization

What is decentralization?  "The dispersion or distribution of functions and powers; specifically :  the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities." How does it happen in West Africa? Who gets the money and why?  Decentralization generally refers to the transfer of certain responsibilities away from the central level to the … Continue reading West Africa and Decentralization

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

Gender & Resilience – A BRACED Working Paper

The Overseas Development Institute, one of the UK’s leading think tanks, recently released a working paper titled Gender and Resilience: from Theory to Practice. The paper is a synthesis of four different case studies, documenting how gender equality can be strengthened through resilience projects. It draws on the experiences of the project Building Resilience and … Continue reading Gender & Resilience – A BRACED Working Paper