As part of the sign up process for a recent discussion regarding humanitarian data, I asked the question ‘What are the key drivers of system change?’ Here’s what I heard back:
- Data champions in every team in every country. With the skills, personal power, and commitment to combine the logic of data with the heart of humanitarianism
- People, Processes, Partnership, Principles, and Power. But also that certain personality characteristics were important including: patience, persistence, and perseverance, but also knowledge, awareness and critical thinking
- Informed, educated, and aware Organisational Leadership with a clear vision and strategy that is actively promoted
- Stakeholder buy-in with enlightened self-interest and institutional interests. The stakeholders included organisational leadership, institutional leadership, host governments, and community leadership
- Sustained Energy – the key word being sustained.
- Fear & a good shock from a crisis i.e. Security breach or lawsuit or safeguarding scandal
- Donor buy-in and pressure + MONEY (follow the money)
- Meaningful leadership accountability, which includes: legally enforced and accessible means of civilian redress and rectification and systems that ensure that the voices of those most affected are raised up.
- Collective action, finding allies in different parts of the system itself, exterior good examples that can serve as role models (find the others)
Do you agree? Disagree? What would you add?