We facilitate community input through our Field Hearings, gathering people’s ideas about their problems, potential solutions, and priorities for action. Then we amplify these voices nationally and internationally, and advocate for the changes they prioritize.
We enhance political empowerment by working with communities to hold governments accountable. We also host global Action Groups – citizen empowerment collaborations on inequality-related issues such as land grabs or refugees & migrants.
Participatory economic enterprises
Economic empowerment is urgently needed alongside social and political empowerment. Our PARTICEN project goes beyond microfinance, working to facilitate community-initiated participatory, democratic, sustainable enterprises.
IfE’s participatory consultations and democratic governance are an empowering experience for our partners, especially those who live in undemocratic states. We are not a top-down organization: our decision-making starts with the priorities expressed by community members, and moves up through network-wide consultations, the project Steering Committees, and elected Boards of Advisors and Directors.
Monitoring & Accountability
IfE successfully proposed Goal 10 – reduce inequalities – as one of 17 global development goals. Now we are coordinating a citizen monitoring network to see that it happens.
IfE helped make inequalities a key part of the climate debate through our “Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice,” brought into the COP21 meetings in Paris 2015.