"For us in the Black Belt region, shifting the power means taking control of our story. Shift the power means claiming the story..
Rita Thapa established Tewa, the Nepal Women's Fund in 1995 when she became convinced that she was becoming part of the problem she was trying to address.
If we want to shift the power, we must learn to understand and appreciate the diversity among indigenous peoples and indeed among all peoples around us, to learn the history, the culture and the contemporary reality of their experiences..
Adeso, together with other local and national NGOs, have come together to form a global network which was launched in May 2016 at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Network, NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response), is a movement of local organizations with a bold ambition - to reshape the top-down humanitarian and development system to one that is locally driven and owned, and is built around equitable, dignified and accountable partnerships. The NEAR Network Secretariat is hosted by Adeso in Nairobi, with staff based in various countries.