Join Natalie Finstad Online Session – Organizing and the Dependency Cycle A case from Kenya

Dear Leading Change Network Community,

It is time for our fourth online learning room on the 18th of December 2013 from 11:00AM-12:30AM EST. This time, we examine the role Community Organizing can have in ending the dependency cycle created by domestic and foreign aid practices.

In the traditional aid model donors enter communities and offer money or donations to fix what they see as the community’s problems. While this approach may reduce external needs, it does nothing to address the deeper issues of dependency and inequality that prolong poverty.

Community Organizing is about more than external challenges, it cultivates a sense of agency in people as they come together and achieve change that improves their lives. In doing so, communities are awakened to their power to end inequality and be treated with the dignity they deserve. This power shift is necessary if real-change is to occur.

This learning room will use the story of Tatua Kenya as a case study for how we, as organizers, can move away from the dependency dynamic in aid. We will focus our discussion on the following:
(1) What are the challenges we incur when trying to break this mindset? What tactics can help us address those challenges?
(2) At times organizing begins to take on a charity model, why? How do we avoid that?
(3) What external factors discourage this shift away from dependency? How do we deal with those factors?  

To join the session register before 13 December. Limited space available and it is first come first serve.

See you on the 18 of December at 11am EST.
Natalie Finstad
Leading Change Network.

More on Tatua Kenya
Tatua Kenya seeks to revolutionize the “clientele culture” of aid through community organizing. We run a two-year organizing fellowship for local leaders who understand the need to reverse this mind-set and involve their community in creating long-term solutions to poverty. This year we are running campaigns in four communities to improve access to education. This year, 320 children are attending school who were previously on the streets or at home, without international sponsorship or external funding.

Tatua Kenya also advises individuals/organizations who want to practice organizing as a means to ending inequality/poverty. We know many are wrestling with the need to address the mind-set that underscores poverty. We have also witnessed how habits, power dynamics and the struggle to create an alternative can keep people wrapped up in the old model.

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