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. Continue reading
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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 … Continue reading
Translating knowledge to action in ECD – but whose knowledge and whose actions?
I was pleased to join the Early Childhood Development Action Networks’ webinar discussing how we can translate knowledge into policies and actions to benefit children’s early development, particularly at the more local level. “When we talk about translating knowledge into practice, the question for me is which knowledge and whose knowledge. We often distinguish between … Continue reading
Community dialogues as a strategy for identifying and addressing child protection needs in Shinyanga, Tanzania
In this chapter for Developmental Science and Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Youth, Amina Abubakar, Stanley Wechuli Wanjala, Patrick Nzivo Mwangala, Moses Kachama Nyongesa and I present community dialogues as a participatory research and program development strategy through which developmental scientists and local community partners can collaboratively surface, discuss, address, and evaluate child protection … Continue reading
How do you transform data into a great story?
How do you transform your troves of data into a story that fascinates people and moves them to act? This is an issue with which researchers, analysts, and evaluators grapple on an ongoing basis. Last week, I had the opportunity to learn and reflect on these very matters with colleagues working with data in the … Continue reading