Insights to Action – Convergent Action for Girls & Women: Emerging lessons from the field

On April 5th, Locus was invited to present alongside Locus member and event co-organizer, 3D Program for Girls and Women at the International Center for Research on Women. Ellie Price, Locus Coalition Coordinator, spoke on Locus’s collaborative efforts to break down knowledge and funding silos across organizations and disciplines in order to make possible the shift of power to the most vulnerable people in society. Geeta…

Holding the space: reflections on UN Commission for Social Development panel

By Ellie Price On February 5th, The Hunger Project, The Movement for Community-Led Development, and Locus co-hosted a panel titled “Ending Extreme Poverty is Local: community-led, integrated approaches to sustainable development” at the 56th UN Commission on Social Development in New York. Our panelists, Maurice Bloem, Executive Vice President of Church World Service, Ann Hendrix-Jenkins, Global Director of Capacity Development at Pact, and Mary Kate…

Whose “Empowerment?”

In this Guest Post, blogger Meghna Ravishnar explores ideas on Western feminism, empowerment, and the development enterprise in a publication featured in The Riveter Magazine. Ravishnar interviews Locus members Donella Rapier, CEO of BRAC USA, and Ellie Price, Locus Coalition Coordinator,  among other voices. Challenges to measuring empowerment, supporting women’s resource ownership, and counter-productive performance pressures development partners face under current donor paradigms are discussed. Resonant…

Integrating behavioural change to accelerate women’s economic empowerment

SNV: Integrating Behavioural Change to Accelerate Women’s Economic Empowerment For development interventions to be successful, we rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways. For example, for new advanced agricultural practices to provide benefits, farmers must adopt and use them. Behaviour thus affects whether the provision of advanced farming technologies have the effect they are intended to achieve. An increasing trend in development…

Introducing…Lessons Learned the Hard Way

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious call to action, and the challenges they aim to overcome are nothing if not complex.  Our answer to the SDGs’ call must be those things, too. It must be big and bold. It must be comprehensive. It must recognize the complexity of wealth and poverty, of people’s lives and of the systems that impact them, for better or…