Localizing the SDGs in Malawi

On May 15, 2015, The Hunger Project and World Vision co-hosted a nationally-broadcast panel discussion in Lilongwe on localizing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in Malawi. The focused and frank discussion resulted in significant commitments to greater partnership among five key groups of development actors. [youtube=http://youtu.be/zs9gTy7CgSY] The panelists include: Chris Kang’ombe, Principal Secretary of the Malawi Ministry of Local Government …

Some Characteristics of World Bank Experience with Community-Driven Development (CDD)

By the 1990s, economic failure and rural neglect in many countries were attributed to excessive centralization and top-down approaches.  While Community-driven Development (CDD) emerged as a response to this concern, it is not panacea nor a one-size fits all and many factors contribute to its success or failure. The centralization-decentralization dilemma remains a struggle about power and the perspective that …

Linking WASH, Nutrition and Agriculture: Indicators to Measure Progress Across SDGs

Many development actors and United Nations Member States have suggested – where possible – that indicators for the SDGs measure progress towards more than one target, or be “multi-purpose.” On March 27th, the International Coalition on Advocating for Nutrition (ICAN) hosted a discussion at the UN titled Indicators with Impact: how to measure nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda. CONCERN …

Community-led Development: Key to Achieving the SDGs

On April 16, 2015, The Hunger Project organized a panel discussion as part of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings. In this critical year for finalizing the Sustainable Development Goals, five organizations came together to present broad perspectives and specific methods for empowering communities to take charge of their own development. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_HyBteyoLM] In part 1 – John Coonrod, executive vice president …

Finance for Development – Breaking Out of Patriarchy!

The UN has circulated for discussion an “elements” document in preparation for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development summit taking place 13-16 July 2015 in Addis. First of all, it is remarkable to see a financial document that takes gender issues as seriously as this one. Back in 2002, the Monterey Consensus on Financing for Development mentioned gender only in …

Wish List for 2015

Nancy Birdsall, head of the Center for Global Development, has invited readers to contribute to her 2015 policy wish list (click here for her piece). Here are my suggestions: 1) For the SDGs to sail through at least as bold as they currently are – and even bolder on nutrition. 2) For COP21 to adopt a real plan for limiting …

The Reality of Aid 2014: Rethinking Partnerships in a Post 2015 World

The Reality of Aid Network (RoA) published the Reality of Aid 2014 Report (RoA 2014) in December 2014 with the general theme of Partnerships and the Post-MDGs. The network, comprising 172 member organizations, includes more than 40 civil society regional and global networks in the field of international cooperation in 21 donor countries of the OECD, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and …

MDGs to SDGs: Top 10 Differences

The purpose of this note is to provide a brief outline the similarities and differences between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be launched in 2015 when the MDGs expire. (Update 4 December 2014)The Secretary-General has released his Synthesis Report on SDGs, which affirms and strengthens the 17 goals described below). …

Report from the C20

By Lorena Vázquez, Country Director THP-México Link to the Final Communique of the C20 C20 Mexican CSOs Position Paper Link to THP recommendations On June 20 and 21, the C20 Summit in Melbourne, Australia took place at the University of Melbourne’s law school. This is the second year that a summit is formally held where Global Civil Society gets together …