An underlying question driving the forthcoming ‘Pathways to Power’ Symposium is how to join up theory and emergent practice – both bottom-up and top-down – to shift power closer to communities.
A recent podcast (read the transcript here or see the full text on the GFCF website) considered some of the challenges to this power shift in a discussion between two local NGO leaders in Pakistan and India – Sarwar Bari and Manu Gupta – and Terry Gibson, author of ‘‘Making Agencies Work’
How can bottom-up development be enabled? What are the opportunities and challenges?
We want to invite further conversations around this overall theme. Get in touch to participate in an online discussion. Your concern might be about how local voices get heard, about meaningful partnerships or the overall meaning of ‘localization.’ It might be about how to tackle root causes impeding local development. You might want to discuss challenges, such as passive and demoralized communities, funding and project pressures, politics and power etc., as well as opportunities and “bright spots” including emerging practices that seek to shift power and put people and their resources at the centre. But these are just suggestions – feel free to suggest the topics you have a passion for discussing.
Terry and colleagues will be organizing a number of online conversations over the next three months, scheduled to fit your availability and linking 2 – 4 participants in each conversation. With your permission these will become podcasts available to everyone to listen to and feed back on, continuing the conversation. We hope from these diverse participants and topics interesting and relevant experience, ideas, suggestions and challenges will emerge. We will gather these together and share them with you as a key input to the ‘Pathways to Power’ Symposium.