Ushirika Hub: What We Learned from a Social Systems Network Analysis of the Cooperative Ecosystem in Kenya

RootChange Rebooting Systems

By: Tindi Sitati   This blog is a follow-on to our post Ushirika Hub: How Three Organizations Came Together to Conduct Participatory SSNA of the Cooperative Ecosystem in 6 Counties in Kenya. It was written by Tindi Sitati, Collaboration Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Officer for Global Communities, with contributions from: Rachel Dickinson (Root Change), Pamela Kaburu (Global Communities), Lydia Omamo and …

Ushirika Hub: How Three Organizations Came Together to Conduct Participatory SSNA of the Cooperative Ecosystem in 6 Counties in Kenya

Rachel Dickinson Rebooting Systems

Contributions from: Tindi Sitati and Pamela Kaburu (Global Communities), Lydia Omamo and Virginia Brown(NCBA CLUSA), Fridah Kanana(WOCCU)  Starting in 2019, three implementing partners of the USAID Cooperative Development Program (CDP), Global Communities, NCBA CLUSA, and WOCCU, joined forces to conduct a Social Systems Network Analysis (SSNA) in Kenya with support from Root Change. The CDP partners were interested in understanding …

CII desafía la forma en que se ven las comunidades de pobreza: el personal de CII comparte los cambios en sus percepciones

Alex Wagner Development Revolution, Rethinking Organizations

Translation by: Dinah SandovalContributions by: Eli Rangel, Alma Flores, Nestor Lara, Robert Cuerdo, and Natalie Foxworthy This post is also available on the Root Change blog in English. Desde 2019, Root Change se ha asociado con Children International (CI) y el fundador de Family Independence Initiative (FII), Mauricio Miller, para lanzar la Iniciativa Independencia Comunitaria (CII). Lo que comenzó como …

CII Challenges the Way Communities of Poverty Are Viewed: CII Staff Share the Shifts in Their Perceptions

Alex Wagner Development Revolution, Rethinking Organizations

Contributions by: Eli Rangel, Alma Flores, Nestor Lara, Robert Cuerdo, and Natalie Foxworthy Esta publicación también está disponible en el blog de Root Change en español. Since 2019, Root Change has partnered with Children International (CI) and Family Independence Initiative (FII) founder Mauricio Miller to launch the Community Independence Initiative (CII). What started as a peer-driven change model for families …

Root Change, IREX & Partners to Implement USAID’s Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change

RootChange Development Revolution

Root Change is delighted to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the Our Knowledge, Leading Change consortium with IREX to implement YouthPower Youth Excel, a global five-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program to strengthen youth leadership in local development. This program will empower young people and youth organizations to drive local development by …

Malawian Social Labs Take Steps Towards Self-reliance

RootChange Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects

About the Authors Emas Potolani and Myson Jambo are Root Change’s Social Lab Field Managers and Malawi Ambassadors who served on the frontlines of a USAID-funded Local Works Initiative in Malawi. The purpose of the Social Lab is to test alternative approaches to supporting, sustaining and measuring locally owned and led development. The Social Labs were formed as a result …

Announcing the Community Independence Initiative: A Powerful Collaboration Between Mauricio Miller, Executive Director of CII and Root Change

RootChange Development Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Together, Mauricio Miller, founder of the Family Independence Initiative (FII) and author of The Alternative, and Root Change are working to catalyze a movement called the Community Independence Initiative (CII). CII is a peer-driven change model that invests in the talents, strengths, and ingenuity of people living in low-income communities.  Earlier this year, we shared an exciting new effort to …

Confronting Racism in International Development

RootChange Development Revolution

“I can’t breathe if you can’t breathe,” is one of the many signs that citizens of all colors carry as they call out for racial justice in our nation’s capital and all over the country. It’s a powerful message of common cause. But as Martin Luther King Jr. knew, it’s an ideal that cannot simply be spoken into existence. These …

The Root Change “Pracademic” – What We’ve Learned from Bridging the Academic-Practitioner Divide in Partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)

Rachel Dickinson Reimagining Projects

As an INGO whose staff works to design, implement, and iterate programs, projects, and initiatives around the world, by most accounts Root Change is a practitioner. But sometimes we dip our toes into the academic side of the international development field. This is evident in our mission to “question assumptions” and “think deeply” but tends to be our behind-the-scenes work. …

Pathways to Power – Strengthening Relationships in the #ShiftThePower Movement

Alex Wagner Development Revolution, Rebooting Systems

Earlier this year, the Global Fund for Community Foundations and Root Change co-hosted a virtual global meeting to reflect on the #ShiftThePower movement, the efforts that have been made to weave together the movement since the Pathways to Power Symposium, and surface insights from the Pathways to Power relationship map on the Pando platform. You can watch the global meeting …