Chronicles of a Transformative Movement: Strengthening our Interconnectedness


  • Gunjan Veda The Movement for Community-led Development



Collective action, Collaboration, Social Movement, Community-Led Development, Localization, Locally Led Development, Collective Leadership, Leaderful Ecosystems, Mutuality, Equitable Partnerships, Shift the Power, Consensus Decision-Making


How does a movement transform itself into an organization while retaining its inherent values? This article documents the processes The Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD), a global consortium of over 1500 civil society organizations, is instituting as it co-creates its future based on its values of interconnectedness, inclusion, consensus decision-making, and distributed leadership. MCLD was formed in 2015 by a group of community-led practitioners committed to transforming the humanitarian and development sector: insisting that local communities should take center stage in envisioning, planning, actively implementing, evaluating, and learning from development activities. Soon other like-minded organizations, at local and global levels, joined MCLD. However, growth often necessitates some form of organizational structure, particularly to access and manage funds for its activities. After providing more background on its origins, founding principles, and membership, this article shares the transformative journey of MCLD to sustain its commitment to shared leadership and collaborative decision-making. The article offers a framework for how a movement can remain true to its identity and moral imperatives amidst the need to be practical, sustain action over time, and cater to different members and where they are in the journey. This framework is built on conversational survey data and reflections of new and old members across the globe.




How to Cite

Veda, G. (2023). Chronicles of a Transformative Movement: Strengthening our Interconnectedness. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 10(1), Article 4.