Catalyzing collective action
Growing populations, urbanization, economic integration and resource-intensive consumption patterns all contribute to rising competition for natural resources. Climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and land degradation stress agricultural economies and ecosystems.
For the rural poor who depend on common lands, forests, fisheries and water resources, the combination of growing competition and ecosystem change can increase poverty and vulnerability.
Structured, multi-stakeholder dialogue can catalyze joint actions to address the roots of environmental resource conflict, nurture resilient local economies and livelihoods, build capacity to adapt to changing environments, and increase social and economic equity.
We partner for change We form high leverage partnerships to accelerate innovations by supporting leading social entrepreneurs and organizations working in different natural resource and livelihood domains. We seek out those with the knowledge, networks, and commitment to achieve systemic change in their fields.
We build capacity to drive innovation. We design learning processes that link multiple sectors and multiple regions, and create avenues for local innovations to influence policy reform. Drawing from the fields of organizational development, facilitation, conflict management, natural resource governance, and social-ecological resilience, we distill good practices suitable for adaptation in different cultural and institutional contexts.
We derive evidence to influence investment at scale. Action research, hands-on capacity building, and rigorous outcome evaluation provide the tools for evidence-based decisions by governments, development agencies, and the private sector. We work with our partners to harness this evidence to shift patterns of investment and deliver social, economic and environmental gains aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. Click on the SDGs icon for more details.
• Integrated. We work at the nexus of ecological, social, and economic development, to support resilience of the linked ecosystems and economies that underpin rural livelihoods in the face of rapid change.
• Focused. Our first aim is to contribute to the capacity of civil society organizations to create and participate in effective dialogue processes at scale, combined with outreach promoting complementary shifts in policy and investor priorities.
• Catalytic. Rather than design and implement new field programs in competition with others, we’re building a network of system entrepreneurs, who collaboratively build and share experience of approaches to catalyze change in different contexts.
• Evidence-based. We monitor and assess the links between stakeholder capacity, governance innovations, policy reform, and livelihood outcomes. We assist others to do the same. And we compare and share results to continuously feed our joint learning.