Community-Led Development Critical To Ending Hunger, Achieving SDGs

Huffington Post: How We Can Achieve Goal 2: Ending Hunger
Åsa Skogström Feldt, president and CEO of The Hunger Project

“…[P]utting the decision-making power into the hands of local groups is fundamental to achieving the end of hunger and the achievement of all of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], which are interconnected. We need to move away from top-down approaches that foster dependency, and instead focus on bottom-up solutions that partner with communities who, with the right tools and training, lead the charge of their own development in all key sectors — water, sanitation, health, education, and gender equality. To be effective and sustainable, approaches must combine action in all of these areas to address the underlying causes of hunger. … [Community-led development] is critical to ending hunger by 2030. … Ending hunger is a hard, complex process, which requires multi-sector partnerships and investment. But we’re on our way, and we can fully get there if we support local communities in leading the way” (9/21).