Economist Duncan Green, the author of From Poverty to Power, proposes a new path to change for activists, nonprofits and aid agencies. His “Power and Systems” approach can help advocates and development agencies engage more flexibly with communities in need of change. Green, a senior strategic adviser at Oxfam and a professor of International Development at the London School of Economics, addresses the theoretical underpinnings of his concept of change, examines how change affects institutions involved in aid or development work, considers the people who embrace activism and examines the implications of his approach to bringing about change. getAbstract believes that government aid workers and development and aid officers in local and international agencies can benefit from learning about this approach to creating change.
In this summary, you will learn
- How activists, nonprofits and aid agencies can bring about change with a “Power and Systems Approach”;
- How governments and social norms can change;
- Why change requires following complex, multifaceted strategies; and
- Why change efforts are more effective if they stem from the community agencies are trying to serve.
About the Author
Duncan Green is senior strategic adviser at Oxfam and a professor of International Development at the London School of Economics. His blog on international development, From Poverty to Power, was the basis for his earlier book of that name.
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