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Submitted by Darshana on
You both mention something that we often overlook when planning projects like this: underlying power dynamics. Understanding how individuals behave in communities seems key to knowing what can NGOs and donors can really achieve with these types of projects. Too often, we naively treat the “community” as a homogenous group of individuals (with equal access to decision-making, resources, etc.) and assume our projects will reach everyone equally too. Of course, in reality, each group can has its own hierarchy with internal pushes and pulls that drive the whole process. As a starting point, we should at least have a better grasp of these dynamics before jumping into the mix.