You may spend a huge amount of time uplifting your teams and team members, showing empathy, listening, propelling them forward. But then a lot of what you do is outside of your control. The decisions may be made by your boss, or further up the chain. Continue reading
We add solutions that the donors and agencies feel are necessary. We add elements of advocacy. It sometimes feels more like we’re a bad marketeer.
Whilst we’re designing new interventions and identifying needs, pressure from our managers to provide a report or other deadline lingers over us. Continue reading
The Racial Equity Index is building a new set of tools to dismantle global development’s house.
There is a reckoning afoot in the global development sector. Social media has been flooded with testimonies from employees and consultants in the sector who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) bearing witness to the racist treatment they and their colleagues have received. Their words have exposed a sector rife with harmful practices, perpetuated by leaders lacking integrity, and upheld by wilfully obtuse institutional and systemic structures. Continue reading
- Often communities are involved in very quick design processes (as procurement is running late) through rapid needs assessments and selective focus groups.
- Evaluations of previous funding cycles play a critical role – evaluation teams are often made up of seasoned professionals – who may bring their own biases. Fresh ideas and diverse teams are often missing from the design process.
- I’ve been privileged to coordinate procurement processes which involve the host government collaborating with the funders. Communities and users often have no say in which agency provides their services – they have little-no purchasing power. Perhaps I am wrong?
- The procurement is competitive in some cases. Detailed Request for Proposals. Some agencies are funded without any procurement process at all. Often agencies feel like they are all competing for the same pot of money – so they end up providing the same kinds of services. Health agencies start providing wider services like education; education agencies start providing health services – so differentiation becomes difficult and specialisations diminish.
- This private sector approach tendering is mismatched with the nature of the work. The market has become narrow and focused – stifling creativity and innovation.
- The power is with those agencies who write proposals well and can pass due diligence – so local/grass roots agencies often do not lead big projects.
- Who is in the in group and who is in the out group?
- Who do you naturally talk to?
- Do you react differently to different types of people?
- What stories do you tell yourself about different types of people?
- Do you have an understanding of different people’s backgrounds?
- Did your bias lead you to an (accidental) microaggression?
- Are people truly being treated with equal voices?
- Are people truly being treated with equal opportunities?
- Who makes the decisions in your team or project?
- Are you taking into account different ways people communicate, from different cultures?
We’ve been reading books exploring racism, anti-racism and raising children. We’d like to share a list of these books with you. It isn’t a comprehensive catalogue – please get in touch with us if you would like to recommend any books on these topics and we will add them to the list! Continue reading
It’s not easy to focus on change, with so much work going on – so many problems to solve just to keep the day-to-day going. So much office politics, noise, emails, Zoom calls… Continue reading
Sanitising our language means we dilute the many complexities of what it means to make social change happen. Continue reading
There’s been a lot of conversations about anti-racism recently, between individuals, in organisations, in the media, on the street. We ourselves have talked to a lot of people – of all colours – as we love to connect and support. But we’ve noticed something that perhaps needs more light. Continue reading