Catalyzing collective action



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Women harvesting peppers in Mahasagar district Gujarat

The challenge

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.



How can we identify and support environmental governance innovations and bring them to scale?



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The approach

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.