Thankfully, the “expertise infusion” aid model is currently being transformed. Aid funders tend to think too much about the supply side of development, and very little about where the demand is coming from. More and more international actors are focusing on building their own skills to accompany, support, and relate more effectively to local institutions and organizations, rather than overpower or co-opt them.
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I believe the ability and penchant to understand and work with organizations of any size or type can and should become a core capacity of donors, governments, and all key stakeholders in international development. And if provided a better story, the public can come along on this journey as well.
We can and should remain hopeful about the ability of humans to change their own situations, challenge power asymmetries, and unleash social change. In the video, Results for Development has shown us how.
This post originally appeared at: http://www.how-matters.org/2012/06/26/demand-driven-development/