As we collated this latest INTRAC newsletter, in some ways it feels like not much has changed. COVID-19 continues to dominate all aspects of our lives and work; we are adapting continuously to the uncertainty that surrounds us; and the future is very unclear.
And yet, there is a lot to share and some clear threads that run through the articles and information in this newsletter. The Black Lives Matter movement has given a sharp new focus to debates on decolonizing development, shifting power, and localization. With a small grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, we’ve been able to devote time to reflecting, writing and exchanging internally and with organizational development experts in other parts of the world on these issues.
The viewpoints from Rick James and Emmanuel Kumi, and webinars facilitated by Lucy Morris and Dan James, all address ways in which international and local organisations can weather the current storms and emerge as better actors, capable of tackling global challenges that haven’t gone away. We have updates on programmes and evaluations addressing migration, climate change, media freedom, and good grant-making.
Our upcoming training courses (pages 12-13) and new publications (page 11) all offer opportunities to learn from evidence and good practice; to build better partnerships, improve accountability, and deliver hard-hitting advocacy campaigns.
Under Our People we bid a fond farewell to an old INTRAC friend, David Marsden, who passed away in July. And we introduce you to new colleagues and associates.
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INTRAC Newsletter August 2020 Final