Co-creating local solutions to development challenges: Promoting systems change from below?
Using examples from her work in Africa, Europe and Latin America, Leda’s talk will focus on efforts to involve local stakeholders in the development and delivery of collaborative solutions that seek to address poverty and social exclusion. It will explore some of the issues and challenges encountered in building and maintaining these arrangements, and reflect upon the extent to which local partnerships can promote wider systems change.
Leda is a specialist in multi-stakeholder collaboration and sustainable development. Over the last 20 years she has worked internationally with partnership initiatives that address development challenges by combining the resources, knowledge and expertise of actors from different sectors of society. Leda has a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and has taught on postgraduate programmes relating to partnership and development at universities in the UK, Spain, Norway and South Africa. She has also managed and facilitated partnership research, learning and training programmes for the European Commission, GIZ, Inter American Development Bank, Pan American Health Organisation, various United Nations agencies and the World Bank, among others. Currently working with the Transnational Network on Partnership in the European Social Fund, Leda is a member of the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Technical University of Madrid, an Associate of the Partnership Brokers Association and Board Member of the PeaceStartUp Foundation.