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I would wholeheartedly welcome this shift in the cognitive frameworks with which we talk about international development. Now is the time to be corrective, restorative, and imaginative, with imperative and profound effect. In working with large corporate aid agencies over the years, I continually experienced the limitations of large-scale, donor-controlled, project-based funding, recognizing the profound need for community-driven development initiatives that were genuinely responsive to local needs. I’ve also had the unique privilege to experience the impact and potential of alternative mechanisms that directly support community leaders and that, for me, highlight the way forward for our sector. The web of local organizations and grassroots initiatives are still largely undocumented and unrecognized around the world, offers an opportunity for sustainable and large-scale responses to relief and development that even the most comprehensive and impactful macro-level, white-in-shining-armour efforts may never be able to accomplish. has already registered over 110,000 local organizations and movements working on a wide variety of issues in 243 countries. They estimate that they may well be over 1,000,000 such local groups operating across the globe. Yet the sad reality continues; community-based organizations are not the drivers of development, nor the setters of priorities, nor the controllers of resources. While local non-profits may lack the accountability mechanisms and sophisticated procedures that would make them more recognizable or esteemed in the development sector, they have important competencies and strengths that distinguish them from other civil society actors, such as their resourcefulness, flexibility and community responsiveness--a new reality it's time to embrace.