Holding ourselves accountable for locally led development


Holding ourselves accountable for locally led development

In recent years, the global development community has been grappling with fundamental challenges of equity and inclusion that are embedded in our sector. In an effort to address some of these structural inequalities, organizations have been pushing forward locally led development through various initiatives. From USAID’s localization commitment to organizational frameworks for community participation and engagement to calls to #ShiftThePower, there is a growing recognition that local organizations should have a greater say and role in development efforts that impact their communities. But as a sector, we have struggled to define what that means and most importantly how to hold ourselves accountable for it.

Join us as we examine how funders, international NGOs and community-based organizations have defined locally led development and are holding themselves and one another accountable for progress, what obstacles have emerged, and recommendations for moving forward.


  • Yaneth Pobea, President, CORPILARESBOL (Corporación Pilares Sur de Bolivar), Colombia
  • Gertrude Shumba, Executive Director, FACT (Family AIDS Caring Trust), Zimbabwe
  • Kate Scaife Diaz, Localization Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID
  • Michèle Laird, Senior Vice President of Programs, Pact

The event will be moderated by Marianna Balampama, Deputy Regional Director for Africa at Pact with opening remarks provided by Caroline Anstey, Pact President & CEO.