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Nina Blackwell

Opinion Beniamino Cislaghi, Nina Blackwell and Marieme Fall 6 December 2023

We need a new vocabulary in global development

In our dedication to shifting power within ‘global development’, we have often reflected that one of the most overlooked but most influential aspects of any power structure is the language and terminology that we use …

Opinion Nina Blackwell 2 October 2023

It’s time for an honest dialogue about ‘shifting the power’

If we are not careful, many of our efforts to “shift power” in international philanthropy will not actually shift anything. Over the past several years, philanthropy for international aid and development has begun experimenting with …

Opinion Nina Blackwell 14 November 2021

How philanthropy can help to reimagine a better world rooted in justice, solidarity, and community

Over the past 18 months, many funders (philanthropic and otherwise) – struck by the realization that so many of our global development gains were tenuous and reliant upon outside INGO actors – have increasingly sought …

Opinion Nina Blackwell 10 April 2020

Effective support for community-based organisations will be critical in the African response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has already wreaked havoc across the east and the west, yet shows little sign of stopping soon. Loved ones are sick and dying, businesses are shut, movement is restricted, workers go without …

Special feature Nina Blackwell 29 November 2016

Believe in the power of communities

Community philanthropy is one of the most potent mechanisms for sustainable change in Africa. We aim to prove it by creating a theory and practice of support for community-based organizations (CBOs), enabling African CBOs to …