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

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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

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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

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“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 …

Rolling Out Locally-Led Feedback Across the Globe Using Virtual Learning & Knowledge Exchange

Alexis Banks Reimagining Projects

Is CI providing the help and support that you and other young people need most? To what extent do you think CI’s programs positively influence the future of your family? Is there someone you trust with whom you can safely discuss your personal problems?  These are just a few of the meaningful questions that Children International (CI) teams have begun …

Are you our new Evaluation, Learning, and Communications Fellow?

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We’re looking for a stellar Evaluation, Learning, and Communications Fellow to join our team for summer 2020 (and possibly beyond)! About Us Root Change is a development laboratory, testing new ideas and leveraging learning to advocate for far-reaching change within the development sector. We believe that traditional approaches to development have failed to address the systemic causes of poverty, injustice, …

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 …