Valuing Voices: Why The 2030 Agenda Starts with ‘Them’

Jindra Cekan, PhD, Carolien de Bruin and Peter Kimeu (published Feb 2018)

For 50 years we have tried our best to ‘develop’ ‘less developed countries’ (LDCs) around the world. Increasingly, a realization has kicked in that doing ‘development’ for our partners and participants through top-down funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is inherently certain to fail to break the cycle of inequality. Increasingly, a conviction has emerged that those who control the resources needed to break this cycle; ‘we’ need to be led by ‘them’…