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‘Local ownership’ series with InterAction
May 21 @ 3:47 pm EDT
‘Local ownership’ means working ourselves out of a job. Are we really ready to do that?
A two-part series
Part Two: New Roles and their Implications
From InterAction: Aid effectiveness principles emphasize “country ownership” of development, implying rebalanced power relationships between donors, host countries and development actors. Inclusive, participatory country ownership also implies sufficient local capabilities to design, implement and monitor development programs, and to help hold governments accountable for effective national development. For all development actors, including INGOs, these principles entail shifts in roles and responsibilities that have not yet been adequately understood or acted upon.
Please join us for Part Two of this series, in which Tom Dichter, director of The Learning Agenda on Local Capacity Development, will present on the implications of his research for the roles of donors and international NGOs. A brief background paper with the main messages from this research, which took place over 20 months in nine countries and involved interviews with over 300 local organizations, is attached.
As shared in Part One of this series, the research findings suggest a developing world moving beyond most donors’ and many INGOs’ capacity to keep up or to shape ongoing changes. They also raise an essential question: if “they” are to own it, and not “us,” what are we to do? Their findings suggest a more radical shift in roles for “us” than we have been prepared to undertake including a reduction in our direct presence on the ground. This shift in roles will be the focus of our discussion in Part Two.