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

Nina Blackwell 2 October 2023

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 …

The system of international development is broken, warns Reforming International Development

Alliance magazine 15 September 2023

The system of international development is broken, warns Reforming International Development, in a consultation paper released today giving their emerging findings. Co-created by multiple stakeholders and funded by H & S Davidson Trust, six main …

Leading, learning and letting go: PSJP’s journey

Chandrika Sahai 15 September 2023

‘What if the way we respond to our problems is part of the problem?’ – Bayo Akomolafe The Global Greengrants Fund, the Zambian Governance Foundation have recently shared articles describing their journeys of transformation. These …

From Unicorn to Zebra: The transformation of ZGF

Barbara Nost 18 August 2023

I recently came across an article about venture capital structures and how they interact and work with start-ups. The article argued that the venture capital structure is broken because it favours ‘quantity over quality, consumption …

Shifting power starts at home – transforming our organisation to transform the world

B de Gersigny and Eva Rehse 16 August 2023

Our beloved Power Shift community emerged from the understanding that philanthropy must not only shift more money towards equitable, intersectional, community-led solutions, but also transform its practices and the philanthropic sector itself. Many of us …

When it comes to the global financial architecture, it’s time to shift the power

Jonathan Glennie 13 July 2023

There’s only one thing people hate giving away more than money. Power. In fact, the power to give away money is something people with large amounts of it tend to greatly enjoy. But power is …

Breaking out of echo chambers: Expanding constituency conversations

Rebecca Hanshaw and Barry Knight 13 July 2023

Our consultations about the future of international development show that responsibility for deciding how money is spent should be transferred to people who receive the money rather than retained by those who give it.  This …

Reforming International Development: Crowdsourcing Invitation

Reforming International Development 13 July 2023

Read a translation of this article in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, or Ukrainian. What is this? This is an invitation to crowdsource with and beyond our community and activist networks, so we co-create a diverse …

The power of Ubuntu to reform international development and build a healthier, fairer and greener world

Steve Murigi 26 June 2023

In today’s globalised landscape, as the Covid-19 pandemic has starkly illustrated, an event in one region can send shockwaves around the world. The indiscriminate spread of the virus, unbounded by national lines or economic status, …

A funder’s journey

Hugh Davidson 19 May 2023

1. A heated argument about unrestricted funding Early one morning some years ago, my wife Sandra and I were marooned in the lounge of our hotel in Kolkata, because a visit to one of our …