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…

Evidence for Integrated Development

FHI360 has conducted the first phase of a program to gather the evidence on the pros-and-cons of integrated approaches to development. In this first phase, they published a report that reviews existing studies. Of the 25 program types, 13 produced mostly positive findings; 9 produced mostly mixed findings; and 3 suggest a neutral or unknown…

Our perspective on the Global Nutrition Report

Background: Nutrition is a huge and difficult challenge, requiring convergent action on many fronts: agriculture, health, WASH, education and – most importantly – gender equality and female empowerment. Those championing this action have been held back by the lack of timely data — until now. In the aftermath of the the 2013 Nutrition for Growth summit in…

Human Development Report 2014

Since 1990, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been publishing an annual Human Development Report. The latest report from July 2014, “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, focuses on the question of today’s precariousness. Although an improvement of human development in most countries can be observed – due to advanced technology, education or…

2014 MDG Report

July 7, 2014 – NYC – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the 2014 MDG Report today at the opening of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) under the auspices of ECOSOC. He pointed out that the MDGs had served to “unite, inspire and transform” the world, and that more of the MDG goals were…

World Bank Releases Report on the Importance of Empowering Women

The World Bank recently released a report called Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, compiling data and studies about the challenges that women and girls face worldwide. The report finds that education is key to advancing the role of women around the world. Girls with little education are at greater risk…

Need help designing seed-related assistance?

Seed System is a collaboration among diverse national and international organizations aiming to improve seed security in high stress and vulnerable areas across the world. Their new website seedsystem.org provides practical (‘how- to”) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design seed-related assistance.  pro provides practical (‘how-to’) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design…