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Launching the Movement for Community-led Development in Malawi

With the facilitation of The Hunger Project-Malawi, World Vision-Malawi and Heifer-International Malawi, 18 national and international NGOs have established the Malawi chapter of the Movement for Community-led Development (CLD).

This is the first international chapter of the Movement. The Hunger Project first launched the movement in September during the UN General Assembly. The Movement unites a broad range of international development organizations that fundamentally believe integrated and community-led solutions at the local level are critical to the effectiveness and sustainability of our shared work to end hunger and extreme poverty.

When leaders from 193 countries signed “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in September, they created history. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet and foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Yet, as some experts pointed out, there is “no transformation without localization.” Development happens in communities. It is in communities where women, men and youth can discover their voice, assert their rights, and mobilize action to achieve their aspirations. The Movement underscores this principle, and represents a group of organizations and people who want to raise the profile of community-led development.

With the launch of its own community-led development chapter, Malawi aims to set an example for other countries around the world to prioritize CLD by establishing their own chapters. The Malawi Chapter’s objectives include raising the profile of CLD in SDG-implementation discourse, generating and disseminating evidence, sharing best practices, building the movement through Malawian institutions and advocating for a policy-enabling environment.

 

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