This blog was originally posted by Bond.
The international humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors are brimming with initiatives that promise to shift power and resources to local actors in the Global South.
Take #ShiftThePower, for example, which is evolving into a genuine movement or, closer to home, Bond’s own sector catalyst initiative and the RINGO project which are two efforts that are asking difficult questions about the nature of our sector and how it should change. Importantly, activists in the Global South are increasingly claiming space and their voice to talk about these issues, not politely waiting for northern organisations to invite them.
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