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Funding Community-Led Development for the SDGs

19 September 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Keynote, Panel Discussion, and Q&A 1:30pm-3:00pm

Refreshments and Networking starting at 1:00pm


515 Madison Ave, NYC

10th Floor, The Taylor Room

Global North funders and international NGO actors are increasingly recognizing what community-led organizations have long known: the way that international development is done needs to change to put affected communities in the drivers’ seat.

This Side Event during UNGA 78 and the SDG Summit will explore how shifting power and resources into the hands of local communities isn’t just about what is morally right and it isn’t just about equality in partnerships (although it is both of those things). Resourcing civil society organizations that are led by and for affected communities is essential to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

How are funders moving in this direction? What does getting long-term, flexible support into the hands of community-led organizations and local actors look like in practice? What impact is this having and what are the ongoing challenges funders grapple with?

Host Meg French, Executive Director, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Keynote Address Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder and CEO, Nyaka


  • Christine Sow, President and CEO, Humentum (moderator)
  • Meg French, Executive Director, Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Vahe Mirikian, Director for US Policy, Peace Direct
  • Wanja Ngure, Program Manager Grantmaking, UHAI-EASHRI
  • other panelists to be announced

RSVP requested for planning and food purposes

Accessibility: The building and event room are wheelchair accessible with an elevator to the 10th floor. There are multi-stall gendered washrooms on the 10th floor as well as single stall, accessible, gender neutral washrooms on the 9th floor. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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