Spreading Smiles: Tizidalile CII Group Heartwarming Mission

Myson JamboDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

Since June 2023, Root Change has been supporting the Community Independence Initiative (CII) in Zomba, Malawi with 50 families. At the heart of this peer-driven change model lies a profound emphasis on community talents, strengths, and resourcefulness. Today, we’re thrilled to share a heartwarming story unfolding in T/A Chikowi at Ulumba Primary School, which truly emphasizes the effects that peer-to-peer …

CII Sparks Transformative Change in Zomba, Malawi

RootChangeDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

By Angela Serrano and Myson Jambo CII Malawi Update November 2023 In a mere few months, the Community Independence Initiative (CII) in Zomba, Malawi, has yielded tangible benefits, capturing the attention of neighboring leaders eager to replicate this transformative program in their villages. Launched by Root Change in June, CII has brought together 50 families in a peer-driven change model, …

CII has Officially Launched in Ulumba, Zomba Malawi

RootChangeDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

By Meg Bearor & Myson Jambo Root Change is excited to share that after careful preparations and months of planning, CII Malawi launched in Zomba District Council with the Ulumba community. CII Malawi started with 50 families in the Ulumba area under Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba.  Root Change has partnered with Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) to identify …

Learning from Chaos: Embracing Uncertainty for Stronger Autonomous Community Development

Evan BloomDevelopment Revolution

It’s no secret that social change work is complex, multifaceted, and difficult to define, address and solve. Why then does conventional wisdom so often lean towards providing structured, predictable community development interventions? What if we’ve got it all wrong? What if we should be embracing some levels of chaos and uncertainty to foster genuine, lasting change? At Root Change, our …

The Community Independence Initiative comes to Malawi

Myson JamboDevelopment Revolution, Reimagining Projects

This summer, Root Change is thrilled to introduce the groundbreaking Community Independence Initiative (CII) in Zomba T/A Chikowi, Malawi. The CII pilot project will engage 50 families in a transformative, peer-driven model that seeks to leverage their innate talents, strengths, and resourcefulness. Contrary to conventional development approaches, CII refrains from providing services or advice, opting instead to establish a framework …

We Welcome The 2022 Inaugural #ShiftThePower Fellows

Wadia SamadiDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems

The Global Fund for Community Foundations and Root Change are delighted to welcome the inaugural cohort of the 2022 #ShiftThePower Fellows. Twelve Fellows from ten different countries, representing the diversity of civil society and ready to promote change and shift power from the ground up, were selected from over 140 applicants.  The Fellows from Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, …

La Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria llega a la Costa Central de California

Angela SerranoDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

This post is also available on the Root Change blog in English. A principios de 2021, Root Change se asoció con People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), la organización de vivienda sin fines de lucro con más años de servicio en la costa central de California para realizar un programa piloto de la Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria (CII por sus siglas en …

The Community Independence Initiative Reaches California’s Central Coast

Angela SerranoDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Esta publicación también está disponible en el blog de Root Change en español. In early 2021 Root Change partnered with People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast of California, to pilot the Community Independence Initiative (CII). CII is a peer-driven change model that invests in the talents, strengths, and ingenuity of people living in …

Aprendizajes de los programas piloto de la Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria en 3 países

RootChangeDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Hace casi dos años, anunciamos el lanzamiento de la Iniciativa de Independencia Comunitaria (IIC) y el inicio de proyectos piloto en México, Colombia y Filipinas en colaboración con Children International. Los proyectos piloto fueron un esfuerzo para identificar nuevos enfoques para mejorar el bienestar de los niños, y para aprender sobre los beneficios de la IIC para las familias, los …

What We’ve Learned from Piloting the Community Independence Initiative in 3 Countries

Rachel DickinsonDevelopment Revolution, Rebooting Systems, Reimagining Projects, Rethinking Organizations

Almost two years ago, we announced the launch of the Community Independence Initiative (CII) and the start of pilots in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines in partnership with Children International. The pilots were an effort to identify new approaches for improving the well-being of children, and to learn about the benefits of CII for families, children, and INGOs alike. To …