Quito, Ecuador: Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Room MR18
This networking event is anchored by 3 global networks of grassroots leaders–the Huairou Commission, Slum and Shack Dwellers International, and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing—and Habitat Norway who are cooperating to position poor, marginalized communities as central to the implementation of the 2030 and New Urban Agenda. Since Habitat II in 1996, these networks have built significant social, political and economic capital through collective organizing and long-term partnerships with government officials, policy and aid agencies and others supportive of grassroots women and poor people’s organizations. Thus they are taking leadership in local development. But resource mobilization and securing sustained financing is a persistent challenge as top down funding systems obstruct decentralized approaches, taking monies away from the people they’re intended to support. Distinguished panelists—grassroots movement leaders, NGO support staff, policy and development aid experts—will look critically at overseas development assistance and its grant delivery system, asking: Who is Aiding Whom in Realizing the Commitment to Equitable, Inclusive, Resilient, Sustainable Development and the Transformation of Poor Communities? Surveying positive and negative aspects of the modalities currently framing financial resources and partnerships, the session will produce a shortlist of strategies to optimize resource inputs through collaborative partnerships and flexible fund delivery systems that are proving they can work.
Sandy Schilen—Moderator (GROOTS International & Huairou Commission) Danilo Antonio—UN-Habitat Erik Berg—Habitat Norway Rose Molokoane—South African Federation of the Urban Poor Coordinator/SDI Violet Shivutse—Shibuye Community Health Workers Coordinator/Huairou Commission Gabriela Olguin—La Confederación de Trabajadores de la Economía Popular (CTEP)/WIEGO Jhocas Castillo—DAMPA, and Suranjana Gupta, Huairou Commission Beth Chitekwe—Biti, Zimbabwe Director, Dialogue on Shelter Mikael Atterhog—SIDA Don Chen—Director, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation