Jointly Exploring Innovative Solutions for Community-Led Development and Human-Centered Design

Shifting the Power: Community Philanthropy

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We believe that power needs to shift from top-down development towards communities in charge of their own sustainable impact. Come and join us at our seventh explorative session on Human-Centered Design and Community-Led Development.

In collaboration with Butterfly WorksThe Hunger Projectand The Movement for Community-Led Development, our next session of the Community of Practice on Community-Led Development will be on November 26th from 15:30-17:00h.

What is this session going to be about?
This session will reflect upon the on-going debate on shifting power within the development sector, and the new movement of community philanthropy within this transition movement. The concept of community philanthropy, along with the general importance of shifting the power within the development sector, will be introduced by Esther Meester. She is a programme coordinator at the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, and leads several initiatives on shifting the power and community philanthropy. Nienke Nuijens, programme manager at the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, will then lead us through two cases of community philanthropy practise that she’s been engaged with.

Community philanthropy
The challenge of shifting power is a big one, and the international development sector has spent years debating its possible implications, benefits, and pitfalls. Community philanthropy centres the cooperative relationship between the actors of development on the recipient community and allows for local priorities to lead the way forward. By leveraging the present assets and building community trust, the development process would involve a higher degree of local ownership with appropriate usage of external actors and resources. Do you want to learn how this would work in practice, and how community philanthropy could offer a new way of approaching our work and North-South relationships? Then be sure to join us on the 26th (register before 12:00)!

Practical information
When: November 26th, from 15:30-17h (digital doors are open from 15.15h)
For who: Anybody who works with these principles – or who would like to do so
In collaboration with:  Butterfly WorksThe Hunger ProjectThe Movement for Community-Led Development.

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