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Blog: More than the Poor Cousin

Monday
Jun122017

What will it take for the humanitarian aid system to #ShiftThePower? 

The language was rich with promise - the “Grand Bargain”, the “Participation Revolution.” At the World Humanitarian Summit one year ago in Istanbul, 30 of the biggest donors and aid providers committed to a series of actions aimed at getting more money to local NGOs on the frontlines of humanitarian relief. To put things in perspective, at present less than 1% of development aid goes directly to southern organizations.  

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Thursday
Mar162017

Danger, opportunity, and a new path for community asset management

Contrary to popular belief, the Mandarin character for "crisis" is not composed of the characters meaning "danger" and "opportunity." Yet, in the crises many local and global communities face right now, danger and opportunity are gliding within a razor's edge of each other.

"The razor's edge between danger and opportunity" is an apt way to describe what the GFCF team has discovered researching community management of large-scale assets. Although most Indigenous and rural communities are surrounded by valuable natural resources (from minerals to rivers to old growth forests), these assets are usually managed by corporations and/or governments, and many communities don't see long-term or commensurate economic benefit when the resources are used.

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