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The work of the Huairou Commission and its members is guided by a four-part strategy designed to:
  1. Strengthen Grassroots Women’s Organizing and Leadership

  2. Promote Development through Awareness and Locally-Led Initiatives

  3. Build Constituencies and Networks

  4. Influence and Change Public Policy Processes

HC’s 2018-2020 strategic plan was developed in concert with the grassroots women leaders who comprise the Huairou Commission’s members and is being carried out in each of our global regions: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe/NorthAmerica and Latin America.

The Huairou Commission’s strategy is also guided by our overarching values and priorities:
  1. Centering Grassroots women in development, political participation, decision-making and advocacy

  2. Strengthening individual grassroots women leaders and therefore strengthening the movement of grassroots women leaders

  3. Increasing economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods

  4. Supporting resilient development

  5. Increasing peer learning opportunities

  6. Connecting grassroots women across local, national, regional and global levels

  7. Enhancing existing and developing new partnerships

  8. Engendering local, national and global governance

With the 2030 Agenda as both tool and goal, each aspect of the HC’s strategy connects the local-to-global levels, strengthening women’s work in communities and connecting them on the global stage.

Strengthening Grassroots Women’s Organizing and Leadership:

Advanced grassroots leaders mentor, train and advise less experienced/newer grassroots groups on strategies for organizing to mobilize in response to a range of development issues in their communities. When women learn to take on new leadership roles that position them as experts and leaders in the community, e.g., trainers, mobilizers, mappers of risks, vulnerabilities and resources, monitors, fund managers, grassroots advocates, they are already changing their status and positioning themselves to transform decision-making and development process.

Promoting Development through Awareness and Locally-Led Initiatives:

A key aspect of Huairou Commission’s approach to empowering women to transform development is building their awareness, analysis and nurturing their practices in response to everyday practical problems they encounter in terms of access to housing, land, livelihoods and basic services as well as decision-making. Over the past 20 years, grassroots groups within the Huairou Commission network have been taking collective actions to improve housing, infrastructure, basic services, livelihoods linked to sustainable agriculture, food security and natural resources. These include:


  • Building an awareness of which locations, what structures and which people are vulnerable, identifying resources or strategies that reduce risk and build resilience with communities and decision-makers.

  • Using Community Resilience Funds to demonstrate the expertise of grassroots women in delivering development solutions including climate smart agriculture, food security, forest, soil and water resource management

Building Constituencies and Networks:

Huairou Commissions attaches great importance to movement building as an instrument of change and a means of attracting broader support for grassroots women and their priorities. Grassroots women, as a constituency, are strengthened through federating and linking community groups and women’s groups to build on community development. Allies are identified—government officials, donors, researchers, NGO leaders who are prepared to collaborate and/or champion grassroots women’s roles in advancing community resilience.  Coalitions are strengthened and networks expanded through joint planning, implementation, evaluation and through transferring knowledge and practices to new groups. Signature tools include: Peer learning exchanges, Grassroots Academies and the Community Practitioners Platform for Resilience

Influence and Change Public Policy Processes:

Organized groups of Grassroots women have demonstrated how change can be accelerated through organizing action-research on issues and presenting the findings and recommendations to officials and identifying and engaging decision-makers and allies who recognize grassroots women as experts. Collaboration with government  takes many forms including holding joint training programs, formalizing agreements to plan, implement, scale up, monitor or evaluate programs and to access government resources or budgets for grassroots initiatives.