From Poverty to Power is meant to be a conversation, a chance to compare notes on the great swirling cloud of chatter, opinion, argument and on-the-ground experience that makes the development scene so fascinating.
The blog will include regular contributions from me, prompted by events, trips, things I read, or the debates I engage in on a daily basis. But it will also include a range of guest bloggers, and it will only work if others get involved – that makes the difference between this being a real discussion, and a barren cyberspace version of those delusional souls on soapboxes, ranting away to a non-existent audience at Hyde Park’s ‘speakers’ corner’ in London.
So let us know what you think, comment on the blog or on twitter (@fp2p), and tell us what issues you want to discuss. Believe me, it’s fun……
The blog is written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, author of ‘From Poverty to Power‘, ‘How Change Happens’ and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics.
‘From Poverty to Power’ is available to download from the Oxfam Policy & Practice website.
I’m also a lead educator for the free online course Make Change Happen, developed by Oxfam with the Open University.
We’ve launched a new initiative within the FP2P blog. It aims to create/curate a meeting place for ideas and perspectives that reframe the way we think and talk about development issues in our diverse regions.
It is managed by María Faciolince, a Colombian-Antillean woman with a background in Anthropology and Psychology, a Masters in Anthropology and Development, and an activist with lots of experience generating multimedia content.
It will be a space for conversations that talk about shifting the power towards critical voices and people-led initiatives from the Global South. These discussions will aim to humanize development issues, better understand processes of change in their own local contexts, and not shy away from complexity.
The project also aims to start re-balancing some long-held power asymmetries in the sector. We will be highlighting content that challenges assumptions about aid and who decides what constitutes knowledge, spotlights real-life experiences of change that is not aid-led, offers critical and non-mainstream analyses of global problems, and highlights the agency and visions of real people.
Join the conversation – we’re always open for ideas, suggestions and collaborations.