Becoming locally led as an anti-racist practice: a guide

4 October 2022The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC); Bond; Practice for Locally Led Development working group; Sector Commitments and Roadmap for Locally Led Development working group; Changing Donor Policy and Practice for Locally Led Development working group; Yolaina Vargas Pritchard

This draft guide has been developed in response to the growing demand from the international development sector, the UK in particular, to ensure that organisations change how they work, make decisions, and are structured and governed to become more locally led.

The draft guide seeks to support international organisations of varying sizes based in higher-income countries, such as the United Kingdom, in partnership with colleagues from around the world, to shift their practice and use of power to become more locally led. Anyone within an organisation wanting to, or already driving change, from leadership positions to more junior positions can use this guide. As this guide is used, it will evolve as we learn and understand more.

For instance, you can use this to:

  • reflect on your organisation’s transformation and identify critical, practical steps towards becoming a more equitable organisation and locally led
  • start conversations internally, achieve an aligned understanding of where the organisation is at and draw out any internal differences in views and opinions
  • discuss with funders how funding models can be adapted to better support locally led development

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