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Why grassroots activists should resist being ‘professionalised’ into an NGO

Businessman pointing on NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) signHuman rights activists are lured by donor funding to become ‘professional’ NGOs. But efficient doesn’t necessarily mean effective

by Sunil Babu Pant, The Guardian, July 7, 2017

Activists from the global south hear, far too often, from our donors that we should “learn how to become professional” and “make NGO management efficient”. Let’s decode what that means.

Professional means “a person engaged or qualified in a profession”. Donors would like you to be a “professional” activist and want to see you approaching human rights work as a profession. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Grassroots & the Indian Act Band Council

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 7, 2013Grassroots fist logo

Debates arising from the recent Idle No More movement have revealed two main interpretations of what comprises the grassroots.  One seeks to exclude band councils, while the other views chiefs & councillors as an integral part of the grassroots, simply by virtue of them being members of the community.  Clearly, we need some basic understanding of what constitutes the grassroots in order to advance our movement. Read the rest of this entry