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 …

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 …

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 …

Thinking and Working in Systems Online Course

RootChange Development Revolution, Rebooting Systems

Happy New Year! As in the case of many folks who start the year with a list of new year’s resolutions, we too stepped into 2020 reflecting upon what we want out of this year at Root Change. Intentional learning from, and sharing of our knowledge and resources with fellow development practitioners made it to the top of the list …

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 …

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 …