Radical Change Calls for Radical Approaches

Dinah Sandoval Reimagining Projects

After years of the development sector waging the war on poverty and billions of dollars invested, nearly half of the global population still lives on $2.50 a day. Yes. Poverty is a complex and multifaceted issue. However, stereotyping people living in poverty as lazy and helpless is not only an inaccurate portrayal but also exacerbates the issue. Mauricio Miller, founder …

Participatory Systems Approaches to Advocacy in Nigeria: A Three-Volume Series

Rachel Dickinson Rebooting Systems

From 2014 to 2018 the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project in Nigeria sought to build a stronger, more resilient, and more nimble Nigerian civil society by strengthening the capacities of civil society actors to form common agendas, coordinate strategies, align outcome measurements, and share knowledge. SACE organized 18 clusters of civil society organizations working on clearly-defined thematic issue areas with …

Measuring Local Ownership in International Development Projects

Rachel Dickinson Rebooting Systems

This post was originally published by MERL Tech on December 17, 2019. It is the result of an opportunity to present a five-minute Lightning Talk on Pando LLS at the MERL Tech DC conference in Sept 2019. “Localization”, measuring local ownership, USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance… We’re all talking about these ideas and policies, and trying to figure out how to …

Using SACE Methodologies in a Nigerian Anti-Corruption Project

RootChange Rebooting Systems

From 2014 to 2018 the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project in Nigeria sought to build a stronger, more resilient Nigerian civil society by strengthening the capacities 18 clusters of civil society organizations working on clearly-defined thematic issue areas to form common agendas, coordinate strategies, align outcome measurements, and share knowledge. SACE organized with shared visions for change. To support this …

Is your work community-led?

Alexis Banks Development Revolution, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

How can all of us in the social sector become more accountable to the communities we seek to serve? How can those of us on the outside, who act as funders, implementers, or intermediaries identify and support community-led approaches to change?  GlobalGiving, in partnership with Root Change and other members of the Movement for Community-Led Development, has been shepherding a …

Visualizing Your Network for Adaptive Program Decision Making

RootChange Rebooting Systems

This post was originally published by MERL Tech on November 18, 2019 and was written by Alexis Banks and Rachel Dickinson at Root Change, in collaboration with Jennifer Himmelstein at ACDI/VOCA. Social network analysis (SNA) is a powerful tool for understanding the systems of organizations and institutions in which your development work is embedded. It can be used to create …

Activities & Learning in the Social Labs Constituent Report–Designed By & For Malawian Changemakers

Alexis Banks Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

Over the past two years, Root Change, Youth and Society (YAS), and Keystone Accountability have supported district level social labs in Mulanje and Rumphi, Malawi as part of the USAID Local Works program. As USAID-funded support for the social labs came to an end, we worked with the labs to craft a Constituent Report to showcase their activities, highlight the …

Becoming an Adaptive Learning Organization & Identifying the Tools to Help Get You There

Dinah Sandoval Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

The development sector increasingly recognizes the need for organizations to embrace adaptive management practices to achieve lasting change to address systemic and complex social issues. For those who are new to this methodology, “Adaptive rigour: bridging the art and science of adaptive management,” breaks down the concepts well.  However, finding the right tools, metrics, or signals to help inform adaptations …

Strengthening Voice and Social Accountability through Social Labs – An Interview with a Malawian Leader

Alexis Banks Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

This post was originally published by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability on July 9, 2019. “We need the local people themselves to prescribe solutions to the problems they’re facing, and they must be able to lead in testing and implementing those solutions.” Charles Kajoloweka, Founder and Executive Director of Youth and Society (YAS) in Malawi. The importance of locally led development …