Community-driven systems change: A practical way to shift power in global development and philanthropy

Traditional global development practices aren’t working.

Despite substantial investments in development efforts over many years, many large projects initiated by traditional, top-down Global North philanthropic funders, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and others have not resulted in meaningful and lasting change in communities. In some cases, there has even been unintentional harm done because of the disruption of local economic and social systems.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement and call to reimagine global development and philanthropic systems in ways that support social justice and equity – shifting power, resources, agency, and voice away from funders, INGOs, and others based in the Global North, and into the hands of the people and communities in the Global South. This movement has been further fueled over the last 18 months, as racial justice uprisings have challenged the global development sector to reckon with how it supports and perpetuates white supremacy, racism, and deeply inequitable distribution of wealth and power.”

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