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 …

Key Lessons from Testing Non-Traditional Development Approaches in Malawi

RootChange Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

This post was originally published on the CIVICUS blog on June 28, 2019. Real change happens when local communities are in the lead—leveraging their assets, ideas, and expertise to implement solutions to their own problems. Unfortunately, too often, development initiatives bypass local communities and local resources in designing and carrying out programmes. At Root Change, we aim to break this pattern …

Reflective Learning & Interdisciplinary Teams Drive Local Problem Solving in the Philippines

Alexis Banks Rethinking Organizations

Root Change has partnered with Children International (CI) to carry out an organizational transformation initiative called CI+ with its 13 agencies around the world. The objective of CI+ is to enable agencies to develop the learning and adaptive capacities to continuously innovate and improve their contributions to breaking the cycle of poverty within the unique contexts in which they operate. …

Map Feedback: Using Social Network Analysis to Understand and Grow the Feedback Movement

RootChange Rebooting Systems

Guest post by Megan Campbell, Sr. Research, Learning, and Engagement Consultant at Feedback Labs What does it take to make feedback the expected thing? At Feedback Labs we believe it means getting to a tipping point of leaders and organizations acting in dispersed but coordinated ways — experimenting with different tactics, tools, and techniques, and then coming together regularly to …

Building Trust and Dissecting Power in the Rumphi Social Lab Reflection Session

RootChange Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

Fifty people including citizens, representatives from Community Based Organizations (CBOs), NGOs, INGOs, government, and traditional authorities turned up at the Rumphi Malin Lodge to reflect on their recent efforts to innovate together and address emerging issues of trust and power within their group.  They came by bicycle, mini bus, car, motor bike and on foot from almost every corner of …

Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement through Collective Impact in Nigeria

Nate Stephens Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

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 …

Using Pando to Strengthen Development Systems

Alexis Banks Rebooting Systems

Root Change is excited to launch Pando, an online platform that makes it possible to visualize, learn from, and engage with the systems where you work. Pando harnesses the power of network maps and feedback surveys to help organizations strengthen systems and improve their impact. Grounded in social network analysis, Pando uses web-based relationship surveys to identify diverse organizations within …

Can Social Labs repair trust in two Malawi districts?

Alexis Smart Reimagining Projects

“The idea of an inclusive forum for discussion sits deep in our culture. The idea that we can harness this part of our culture to undertake actions to reform the aid system is new and exciting. We have complained about the jet-set foreign aid experts. But it is on us to step up and become the experts of our own …

Join the Revolution

Claudia Liebler Development Revolution

Does the way international development assistance is organized make sense? Ten years ago we left the comfort of a large international NGO so that we could make this question the focus of our daily work. Root Change was born, and along with it, our mission to question deeply held assumptions about development assistance. Many of our friends thought we were …

Lean experiments generate local solutions and capacities 

Nate Stephens Rethinking Organizations

Root Change has partnered with Children International and their 13 country agencies to clearly identify challenges facing their communities and test solutions using lean experimentation and design thinking. Local staff have been testing rapid, low-cost organizational changes in areas such as internal communication, partnership development, as well experiments related to child wellbeing. Worldwide, over 50 experiments are currently being tested …