“The fundamental takeaway for me from this finding is that for lasting impact and change to be achieved, the community must be at the center of it. It must be owned and driven by the community and those changes must address underlying systems and root causes. We can’t keep focusing on reacting to symptoms. Globally, there is a conversation going on about systems change, but these discussions are mostly focused on national level strengthening; and I think what our findings have shown is that community ownership and action have to be part of our systems approach.”
I recently joined Philanthropy Circuit and Mr. Jones Mwalwanda, Executive Director of Foundation for Community, Livelihood and Development (FOCOLD), to discuss key insights highlighted in the Firelight Foundation Report – Community-Driven System Change.