What if local people had secure rights to manage and benefit from the use of forests, or pastures, or farmland? What kind of entrepreneurial activities would we see?
What does it look like when international development works? Cloudburst Public Information Specialist, Sandra Coburn, provides a glimpse in her photograph, which received an honorable mention in USAID's Feed the Future photo contest. Over 100 images were submitted on the theme "Photos of Progress: What It Looks Like When Development Works" and we are proud [...]
"FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the backdrop of a recession that had its origins in the housing market, and in which tens of thousands of homeowners lost their homes. Evan Horowitz made an important contribution to the conversation, 'Does poverty drive homeless [...]
At the 2016 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty last week—the most important event of the year for influencing policy and programming in the land sector—The Cloudburst Group presented our research and solutions for addressing one of the pressing global development challenges: strengthening land and resource rights. The theme of the 17th annual conference was Scaling [...]
In June 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015. In New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu assembled a broad public-private partnership in a committed and very public effort to achieve this ambitious goal. The Cloudburst Group, working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Mayor Mitch Landrieu and community leaders, has documented how the City of New Orleans met the Mayors Challenge – a full year early.
By J. Patrick Moynahan, President Managing international development programs – which often requires deep understanding of local contexts and cultures, and can involve working in remote areas or supporting institutions with limited capacity – can be a challenge for any firm, particularly a smaller one. Building the right mix of skills, expertise, and oversight within [...]
The Cloudburst Group is committed to the mission of our federal, state, and local partners in developing, disseminating and supporting comprehensive, integrated, science-based public health policies and programs. Whether supporting programs for immunizations, chronic disease prevention, supportive housing, environmental health or behavioral health, we are proud to serve the dedicated professionals who work to improve public [...]
The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is the most important event of the year to influence ideas and policies in the land tenure and property rights sector. For the 2015 conference, The Cloudburst Group embarked upon an ambitious mission ...
At the 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, The Cloudburst Group's Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management Practice Lead, Karol Boudreaux examined the Coca-Cola Company's recent efforts to make its sugar supply chain more responsible with respect to land rights. Coca-Cola, which is the world's largest purchaser of sugar, has received criticism for illegal takings [...]
By Karol Boudreaux, Practice Lead, Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management If you want to see why natural resources matter for local-level democracy, look no further than Namibia. Across this breathtakingly beautiful country, a remarkable social and economic experiment has been going on for nearly two decades: devolving rights to manage and benefit from the [...]