- John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project ( Video | Presentation )
- Pierre Ferrari, president, Heifer International ( Video )
- Nancy Lee, deputy chief executive office, Millennium Challenge Corporation ( Video | Presentation )
- Tewodaj Mogues, senior research fellow, IFPRI ( Video | Presentation )
- Nancy E. Wilson, chief executive officer, Relief International ( Video | Presentation )
- Discussion Video
One sea-change from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is Goal 16, which calls for participatory decision-making at all levels, including the community level where basic needs are met. The SDGs also call for integrated solutions – especially critical for nutrition, women’s economic empowerment and resilience – and this integration must happen at the community level.
Building the capacity of communities to plan and take charge of their own development is a science, and diverse actors have developed systematic methodologies which some nations are now taking to national scale.
John Coonrod framed the issue; Pierre Ferrari discussed international non-governmental organizations as capacity builders; Nancy Lee addressed donors as partners; Nancy E. Wilson talked on fragile state reconstruction; and Tewodaj Mogues highlighted the role of policy research.