WATERING THE GRASSROOTS: A STRATEGY FOR SOCIAL think MOVEMENT SUPPORT
The author Mary Joyce, proposes
new thinking about how funders and other external organizations can best
support social movements. Funding and
other support for popular organizations and movements is not straightforward,
and there are potential risks and distortions involved. Interested supporters need to clearly identify
and articulate these obstacles in their discussions with movement activists
before pursuing and funding or other support activities.
This think piece outlines several
potential avenues of support: small, flexible grants; funding intermediary organizations;
providing external consultants or researchers to work with movements; and other
options as well. These suggestions
provide ideas for funders and other organizations seeking to move beyond
projects to supporting robust accountability ecosystems, in which grassroots
organizations and movements play a critical role.
IOPD Technical Secretariat