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Systems change


Making systems change a reality: Reflections from ‘All systems go’!

Katie Boswell 30 March 2019

Systems change is often difficult to understand and almost always very difficult to do, so when I was invited to the IRC’s ‘All systems go’ symposium in the Hague I jumped at the opportunity. Three …

De-mystifying systems change

Rob Abercrombie 21 March 2019

‘Systems change’ is a term that is heard a lot in the charity sector right now, and that’s a good thing because it’s a powerful way of seeing the world. That social problems are systemic …

Systems change and philanthropy

Julian Corner 5 March 2019

Philanthropy and systems approaches are an obvious coupling but the future of their relationship remains far from clear This special feature explores a growing aspiration in philanthropy to achieve system-level change. It looks at the …

Changing the philanthropy system

Charles Keidan 5 March 2019

Debates are raging about the standing of philanthropy in democratic societies. Today’s critics point to the ways in which philanthropy enables wealthy individuals and families to exercise (and enjoy) public influence off the back of …

Systems change in effect

Andrew Milner 5 March 2019

The work of funders is as varied as the systems they are hoping to change. Andrew Milner profiles a selection of donors and organisations taking a more systemic approach Bertha Foundation, UK Founded in 2009 …

Decolonising systems change

Edwin Huizing and Sjoerdsje van Ommen 5 March 2019

The intervention of development organisations in the global South has given rise to accusations of ‘neo-colonialism’. Netherlands-based Hivos is addressing this legitimacy issue by maximising the freedom of local partners North-South philanthropy is growing as …

Scaling deep

Alice Evans 5 March 2019

Lankelly Chase Foundation’s Alice Evans talks to Stephen Huddart and Darcy Riddell of the McConnell Foundation in Canada about how a systems change approach has led them to reconsider not only the way they think …

System transformation? It’s in the genes

Sandro Giuliani 5 March 2019

Systems change is more than just a popular catchphrase, but its effectiveness depends on aligning strategies with a foundation’s institutional DNA Is system transformation an end in itself, an effective means to achieve a strategic …

Complex rhythms in Latin America

Guayana Paez-Acosta 5 March 2019

Achieving systems change is a dynamic, continuous, and sometimes chaotic process in which co-creation is key to a successful outcome Systems change philanthropy demands from philanthropists different ways of thinking, of working and of assessing …

Moving with movements

Solomé Lemma 5 March 2019

How should funders understand and respond to the forces that create systems change? Amidst Guatemala’s civil war, a small group of women in Santiago Sacatepéquez came together in 1988 to address chronic malnutrition and the …