The power imbalance that exists between humanitarian and development agencies and the people they are trying to help in challenging contexts has long been acknowledged by both sectors. As holders of money and resources, agencies and organisations are the ones that are making the biggest decisions in what interventions delivered on the ground looks like.
This is a blog by Beth Turner, Program Development Coordinator at Integrity Action, who reflects on two events she attended in March 2018 that highlighted the impact that technology could-and is- having on the development sector.
Following our visit to Colombia last September, Integrity Action again had the opportunity to explore applying Community Integrity Building (CIB) to efforts of Post-War Recovery with future academics in the field.
Integrity Action works with communities in contexts where corruption impacts service delivery for people who are in most need. To tackle this problem we partner with amazing local organisations who bring their expertise, to ensure that together we bring about substantive change.
In October 2016 Integrity Action (IA) launched a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy. This five year strategy will mainstream GESI within the organisation, meaning that GESI will be engrained within all aspects of IA: in its thinking, planning and operations.
The ultimate goal of the GESI Strategy is:
‘You’re really going to enjoy Armenia!’
This was our taxi driver’s friendly farewell as we arrived at our hotel in the early hours of the morning. After living in the United States for fifteen years, he decided to come back to his homeland in order to start a family. He tells us that here in Yerevan it’s safe and he is a part of a tight knit community.
This is a guest blog written by Ikram Zubaydi who works for Integrity Action’s newest partner in Palestine, Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy (PCPD). Ikram recently attended Integrity Action’s Global Partners and Training of Trainers Workshop in Nangarkot, Nepal.
In late September 2017, Integrity Action officially launched our first operational partnership with a major donor and government, in Yerevan, Armenia.
At Integrity Action, we are very excited to be delivering training on Community Integrity Building (CIB) in a couple of weeks’ time to partners, some old and some new in Nagarkot, Nepal. Over the last year, since our last partner training in Kenya, we have had the opportunity to gather key learnings that have changed the way we train and the way we deliver our approach. It is important that as an organisation we evolve to incorporate new knowledge about how to make integrity more sustainable and more successful, even in the most challenging of contexts.