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Systems change


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 …

Wanted: a cure for colour-blindness

Jeff Raikes 5 March 2019

Turning a blind eye to the racism underlying our education system means that any solution will be partial at best When the US education system was created more than 150 years ago, fewer career paths …

Crowding out the gun violence

Gillian Darlow, Grace Hou and Mecole Jordan 5 March 2019

Funders and communities working together in Chicago show that collaborations can perform effectively and quickly if the need is urgent and trust is established Chicago is facing dual crises of increasing gun violence and eroding …

Let’s change the system, not the symptoms

Arianne Shaffer and Tobias Troll 5 March 2019

Our society is structured to put the profit and privilege of a few before the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants Philanthropy is constantly trying to reinvent and justify itself. ‘Systems change’ and ‘systemic …

Systems change at scale

2 Alliance magazine 19 February 2019

In the eighth Alliance audio podcast, Charles Keidan discusses what it means to conduct philanthropy ‘at scale’ with Rakesh Rajani of Co-Impact and Donzelina Barroso of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Not content to simply fund projects, …

If philanthropy is to be successful at systems change, it needs to better examine its own role

Stacey Thomas 12 February 2019

Systems change has gained buzzword status over recent years, something that is discussed with earnest enthusiasm and exclamations of, ‘if we are ever going to see long-lasting and generational change, we need to change the …

Going it together: Making the hard work of systems change easier by collaborating

Joanne Schneider 21 October 2018

Funder collaboration has long been viewed as a useful tool; and now, based on a new report by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, there is specific insight on how, when and why such collaborations can be effective …

How philanthropy adds value to India’s effort to achieve SDGs

Heather Grady 5 August 2018

How can philanthropy leverage its specialised resources to effectively contribute to India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation? This was the question posed at a recent session in Bangalore during the second annual meeting of the …