Systemic Change is a goal set by many development programmes today. But, what does it mean? Join us as we hear from organisations that are serious about changing systems to improve the lives of those in need in different contexts. We will learn about the challenges and benefits of transitioning a traditional development programme which relied mostly on service delivery to one which identifies key leverage points and facilitates changes in markets to improve the lives of those in need.

  •  What comes after teaching a person to fish?
  • What does sustainability really mean in a market development programme?
  • How important is an exit strategy?
  • What do we mean by crowding in/out?
  • What do we mean by leverage?

These and many other questions will be explored and debated during this session in which we will demystify the term “systemic change” as we hear from some organisations who are at the cutting edge of this work.

Anna Marie Harling – Lead, Philanthropic Collaboration – Co-impact
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative for systems change focused on improving the lives of millions of people around the world. Co-Impact connects philanthropists and social change leaders from around the world who share a vision of driving change at scale. Co-Impact supports proven health, education, and economic opportunity initiatives that deliver enduring results for millions of people. Co-Impact leverages capital and non-financial resources by inviting others to join, co-invest, and learn alongside, to magnify the impact of systems change initiatives

Sheila Manji – Independent Consultant in the areas of Early Childhood Development and Pre-tertiary Education. She draws on experiences working with from the Aga Khan Development Network developing programmes aimed to facilitate systemic change and more recently her work with the development and implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development.

Suba Umathevan – CEO of Plan International Switzerland. Plan International takes a multi-dimensional approach to catalyzing broad and deep change. They are tackling gender inequality by working to impact norms, attitudes and behaviors, while ensure social and economic needs and safety nets are in place, and concurrently influencing policy, frameworks and budgets. Plan International’s programs play a major role in challenging and dismantling oppressive patriarchal systems and gender norms, leading to equality for girls and young women. Plan International’s agenda goes beyond addressing the symptoms of inequality, and focuses attention instead on the much larger task of social transformation, systemic and structural change.

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The event will take place at the Impact Hub, Rue Fendt 1, 1201 Genève, Switzerland, 1201 Genève from 12:15-13:45 (Registration at 12pm)

Please note that a light lunch will be served.