Drive Systemic Change

Because of the multi-faceted and complex nature of urban poverty, it is essential to drive change from the bottom-up and the top-down. The micro level of development, where people are empowered and well-being is improved must come together with the macro level of development, where institutions and systems are reformed to work for the poor, rather than against them.

As we drive systemic change, we see transformation happen in the following ways:

 

Systems that work:

  • Legal/Political: Participation in Citizen Summit with Parliament resulted in an approved legislative proposal; advocacy for students who were sexually abused by teacher resulted in new security protocols being established an entire school district, impacting over 6,000 primary school students.
  • Political/Economic: Advocating for good governance at the municipal level has kept over $500,000 USD in being paid by the poor in bribes, significantly reducing costs to receive basic rights and services