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Localize Aid

Washington DC – March 25, 2015. Today marked the launch of an important new report by Oxfam America calling upon the US government to “adopt a locally driven approach” to fighting corruption. The 32-page report presents 9 specific recommendations towards this goal.  

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Localizing the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Background The post 2015 development agenda has been engaging one of the largest and longest multi-stakeholder deliberations starting from 2012. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) estimates that almost two million individuals from all corners of the world have taken part in  the global consultation process. The multi stakeholder dialogues were conducted in two phases.The first  phase…


Two-Year Review

As we start the pivotal year of 2015, we celebrate the completion of the pioneering investment by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in building our global community of practice. I invite all of us to reflect on these past two years – what has been achieved by this project – and how we can build…

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All Development is Local: implementing programs of empowerment to ensure sustainable development

Four organizations came together during the 2014 World Bank Annual Meetings to discuss the importance of local-level and women-centric programming to ensure sustainable development for all. The main argument defended that if there is not local democracy and development methodologies conducive to empowering citizens, human dignity is neither recognized nor preserved. Without human dignity, therein lies…


Pakistan, Balochistan State – Focus Group Meeting

Pakistan, Balochistan State, May 19 , 8 participants, Organizer: Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) On May 19, the Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) in Pakistan’s second largest state, Balochistan, hosted a focus group meeting . This was the second discussion held in Pakistan. The output from this focus group provided an extra set of data that strengthened Pakistan’s profile and our assessment…