Locus and the Movement for Community-Led Development Merge

September 18, 2018

Written by Sarah Kosling, Locus Coalition

On October 1, 2018, Locus and the Movement for Community-led Development will merge to advance our shared goals of promoting integrated, locally-led solutions to global development challenges.

The merger will strengthen our collective voice for integrated, locally-led development by more strategically linking Locus’ leadership on designing and evaluating integrated approaches to CLD’s policy expertise and advocacy for locally-led solutions.

Locus’ advanced thinking and dialogue on integrated development — what it is, how to use it, and how to evaluate the impact — will be integrated into CLD’s mission and manifesto. We will engage CLD national chapters to carry out a powerful, coherent, multi-stakeholder campaign of advocacy and capacity building to transform the paradigm of development from top-down, siloed approaches to bottom-up, locally led, participatory decision-making, which will demand integrated solutions.

Over the last several years, Locus has made key strides in advancing integrated development, including:

We are now entering the next phase of action. Building on a community of practice formed over the past four years, Locus is building a bridge from practice and learning to advocacy by merging with the Movement for Community-Led Development.

The merge will position the global network of Locus and CLD members to advocate for locally led, integrated approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, from the grassroots to the highest levels. Together, our collective voice for integrated, locally-led development will only become stronger, more coherent, and more legitimate.

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