Bond launches collection of stories to encourage donors and INGOs to put local partners and communities in the driver’s seat of development – World

Bond, in partnership with Recrear and The Local Trust, has launched a series of illustrations and stories to encourage INGOs and donors to use this locally led development support.

The free online resource What makes a good “locally led” funder? Stories from your partners takes a narrative approach rather than traditional case studies to capture the human connections and creativity that underpin strong relationships with donors and local partners. The illustrations were created by illustrator Liliana López.

The stories demonstrate that a local approach to international development can build a more equitable and sustainable system where initiatives are owned and led by people, in their national context.

This collection of stories highlights that the sector operates as a system where everyone has an important role to play, from funders to national intermediaries to community activists. They also highlight the similar challenges faced by UK funders and those who fund internationally and encourage greater collaboration and learning between them. The stories also call on donors and INGOs to change the way they work, understand and relate to the kind of humanitarian and development assistance that puts local partners and communities in the driver’s seat.

The report is designed for institutional donors, INGOs, development agencies, foundations, philanthropies – or anyone or institution that intends to fund development work in the UK or overseas. Bond invites donors and development practitioners to read the stories and reflect on how locally-led development initiatives might be funded.

Yolaina Vargas Pritchard, sector change and funding adviser at Bond, the UK network of INGOs, said:

“These stories speak to why we, the UK INGO sector, work with local organizations and demonstrate the impact of local activists and grassroots organisations.

“Collecting stories is about getting back to the humanity of our development work, moving away from transactional relationships and building trust with local activists and grassroots organisations.

“This collection of stories contains thought-provoking questions for you as donors and INGOs to think about. Ultimately, in this complex system, we all have the power to change the way we interact with each other. others in the pursuit of a more equitable development system.


Notes to Editor

  1. What makes a good “locally led” funder? can be downloaded here. If you would like to use any of the illustrations for the cover, contact [email protected] or 07555 336029
  2. Bond is the UK network of organizations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organizations from across the UK and allies to help eradicate poverty, inequality and injustice around the world.
  3. Recrear is a community where people with social itch come together to connect, rejuvenate, co-create knowledge and manifest new realities in us, our communities and humanity

  4. The Local Trust is a local funder that helps communities achieve their ambitions.

  5. For further information or interviews, please contact Maryam Mohsin at [email protected] or 07555 336029

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