An Approach for Sustainable, Inclusive and Responsive Community Development
KERA believes that efforts to find sustainable pathways to a just world is not on the right track because dominant power imbalances and extractive partnership models that systematize “power over others mentality” as the business as usual cooperation and development pathway with negligible focus on the “power with others approach”.
Therefore, KERA has developed horizontal power-sharing dynamics that bring together diverse stakeholders/partners/actors across sectors (private sector, public sector, nonprofit sector, and funding/donor community) across all levels (community, sub-national, national, regional and international levels) to leverage collective expertise and resources for joint efforts. This involves identifying and actionizing jointly set objectives, strengthening capacities, and measuring change over time by contextually framing the “best or/and good practices” in a manner that leverages existing local strengths/assets for “best fit practices”.
The “best fit” paradigm empowers local actors to co-create more robust and resilient local communities that are more inclusive of diverse voices and backgrounds for expanded regenerative socio-economic development that brings about transformational change for sustainability. The strengthening of capacities of local actors is carried out in the context of which the local system operates.