“Localization” (the need to fund better and more locally-led initiatives) has become part of the vocabulary of funders and a topic of numerous articles and discussions. However, translating localization into practice is not without challenges.
Modifying the way in which capital (economic, human, technical, scientific, cultural) is transferred to partners on the ground, requires funders to recognize and change inherited structures and dynamics. This process is complex because it requires transformations at the level of power relations and systems.
For those funding on democracy, rights, and governance, it is common to talk about power and systems change in terms of funded programming, but perhaps less so in terms of the funder’s own role and context. What tools exist to initiate or deepen this transformation? What are the specific barriers we experience and actions to overcome them? How can funders change the way they fund locally and how can they support partners and intermediary funders to do things differently?
To address some of these questions, Pur-Ple, a new research and social innovation consulting in Latin America, prepared this research focusing on how funders can better support locally-led initiatives, including practical tools to help philanthropic transformation. Pur-Ple developed four coordinates to guide a comprehensive transformation in philanthropic organizations, that includes concrete actions, questions and examples of good practices.
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