Change the Game (EN)

Changing the Game: Shifting the power from the Global North to the South

During the third week of the Change the Game debate Vice Versa examines the role of western NGOs in the process of local fundraising and claim-making. Who takes the lead in the collaboration and how does this affect the competition between them? Are organizations willing to transfer the power from the North to the South? Do they really want to change the game? Vice Versa asked this question to three Dutch development organizations: Woord en Daad, Save the Children and the private initiative Knowledge for Children.

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Change the Game in Brazil: ‘The West can learn from how we do things here!’

Merely a month ago Brazil was in the spotlights as the host of the World Cup and in two years time the South American country will organise the Olympic Games. Important signs of the strong economic growth that Brazil has managed to maintain over the last decade. However, poverty is still rife in the country. To some it is therefore incomprehensible that the country spends billions of dollars on the preparation of these events while at the same time there are still so many people living below the poverty line. What role can local fundraising and claim-making play in the fight against poverty? Are Brazilians willing to share their newly gained wealth?

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Raising funds with Bollywood actors

During the Change the Game debate Vice Versa explores the opportunities and challenges of local fundraising and claim-making in practice on the basis of several case studies. Today we take a look at India. Are people willing to contribute to development in their society or are there issues that keep them from doing so?

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Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

In this second week of the Change the Game debate we examine how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice. We start with Kenya. Late last year the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society: it is time to strengthen the support from its own citizens. But is the emerging Kenyan middle class even interested in development cooperation and would they be willing to contribute?

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Raising funds for a new South-Africa

This week we explore the concepts of local fundraising and claim-making in South-Africa. Research has shown that South-Africans from different classes of society are willing to help their fellow South-Africans. Vice Versa interviewed three experts on their experiences of local fundraising and claim-making in practice.

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Fundraising as a unique, Dutch export product

‘Now is the time to invest in emerging economies!’ argued Marjolein de Rooij in a previously published article on this website. De Rooij, an expert in the field of international fundraising, sees ample fundraising opportunities that are not made use of in practice. In the context of the Change the Game debate the plea De Rooij makes is still relevant.

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Change the Game; What’s Next?

The Dutch development sector is (modestly) celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Is it time to retire, or should we continue? And if so; in what way? With shrinking development budgets on one side of the spectrum and a globally rising middle class on the other, domestic resource mobilisation and claim-making are presented as the future of international development. But what exactly does this approach entail? What are the challenges and opportunities concerned with it? This first contribution of the Change the Game online debate formulates the main points of discussion for the coming weeks.

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