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Why 'Localization' is Not Enough: Shifting Funding and Power to Local Leaders

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As the development sector faces resistance to its colonial structures, movements calling for localization have grown. However, can localization within the existing systems of power really work? More and more INGOs have started looking for local implementation partners to work with. However, these relationships are rarely approached from a place of equal power or equal trust. Often these localization projects come with small amounts of highly restricted funding for the local partners and require that they participate in consortiums and collaboration that distracts from their core work. Communtiy-led organizations are consistently delivering impact on the frontlines without the benefit of frontline funding. What if INGOs instead saw their roles fundamentally as allies in service to community-led groups? On this panel, a group of African nonprofit leaders will discuss how these power dynamics have impacted their work and the concrete ways INGOs could approach local partnerships differently - in ways that truly shift power and amplify their work, not distract from it.

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