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Where are we heading – two NGOs look into the future by Anna
April 6, 2011, 2:16 pm
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Recently, two European NGOs, Actionaid and Trocaire published their predictions for what the development landscape will look like in the coming decade. Trocaire identifies five major global trends to watch in the coming decade: climate change, shifting geopolitics, demographic change, pressure on natural resources and widening inequality. Actionaid similarly discusses eight uncertainties in the near future: the shifting global balance of power, job uncertainty, the possibility of serious monetary reform, winners and losers in the “avalanche of technology”, declining global trade, the changing nature of political influence, and global shocks. Ramesh Singh from Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits writes an interesting blog providing his analysis and discussing some of the gaps he sees in Trocaire’s report, including that it has a distinctive European slant. To view the whole report click here. Alex Evans of Actionaid, who authors the report 2020 Development Futures writes a succinct blog summarizing the report here, or read the full report here. Each report’s top 10 recommendations for NGOs vary slightly, but both emphasized the importance of increasing accountability to beneficiaries. One of Actionaid’s most interesting points was to work for poor people not poor countries and to expect failure, but ensure learning afterwards. Trocaire recommends building a global culture of solidarity and to engage power and politics more openly.

Key Recommendations from the Report:

Actionaid recommends: to prepare for upcoming global shocks, focus on building resilient populations, put beneficiaries in charge, consider fair resource sharing, specialize in coalitions, think about emergency economies, look for innovation in marginalized groups, expect failure and look for the silver lining, work for poor people not poor countries, and strengthen storytelling. Trocaire’s recommendations include: increasing advocacy efforts, increase accountability to beneficiaries, increase flexibility and responsiveness to beneficiary needs, engage power and politics, improve civil society in developing countries, plan for alternative funding sources, develop a stronger local context analysis, increase engagement with developing societies, build a global culture of solidarity, promote innovation and technology.


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