Embracing the Future Together: Highlights from the Pledge for Change Supporters Sprint – also published on LinkedIn.

This past week, Adeso joined forces with 20 other organizations in a groundbreaking Supporters Sprint, a key milestone of the Pledge for Change. Together, we embarked on a three-day journey, facilitated by leaders like Kate Moger, Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, MS, MBA , and Charles Kojo Vandyck, to redefine our roles within the global aid ecosystem.

From “Bringing together our collective wisdom” to “Visioning the impossible” and “Cultivating journeys,” each session was a testament to the power of Equitable Partnerships and Authentic Storytelling.

The unanimous feedback? A strong affirmation of our collective path towards Influencing Wider Change.

As we reflect on this pivotal moment, we’re reminded that the path to transformation requires innovation, unity, and a steadfast commitment to doing things differently.

Pledge for Change Supporters Sprint has not just been a meeting of minds but a beacon of hope and action towards a more inclusive and effective aid system.


Unified voices: A shared commitment towards embracing the future of humanitarian aid and development


In a world where the disparities between nations continue to widen, initiatives like Adeso’s Pledge for Change emerge as crucial beacons of hope and potential catalysts for systemic change. The recent Supporter’s Sprint event, part of the broader Pledge for Change initiative, represents a significant step towards re-imagining the role of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the global humanitarian aid and development system. This initiative, with its vision of a world that does not depend on aid but rather on the resourcefulness of its people, presents an opportunity for the international community to redefine the way we think about, provide, and implement aid, especially in the Global South.

The importance of the international community coming together to voice their opinions on the changes needed within the global humanitarian aid and development system cannot be overstated. For too long, the narrative around aid has been one of dependency, with donor nations and organizations dictating terms and priorities without sufficient input from those they aim to help. This top-down approach not only perpetuates a cycle of dependency but also often fails to address the root causes of poverty and inequality.

The Pledge for Change, through events like the Supporter’s Sprint, invites a diverse array of voices to the table, including those from the communities directly impacted by humanitarian crises. This first event drew attendance from twenty-one organizations from across the globe, including Adeso. By envisioning the impossible and acknowledging the dangers ahead, this collective wisdom has the power to craft a more equitable and effective aid system. It’s a call to shift the narrative from one of simple charity to one of partnership, empowerment, and sustainable development.

One critical area of focus is the funding model for humanitarian aid and development, particularly concerning the Global South. The current system, often criticized for its inefficiencies and the strings attached to aid, needs a radical overhaul. A more equitable funding model would not only provide the necessary resources for development but also ensure that these resources are allocated in a manner that respects the agency and priorities of local communities. This means moving away from short-term fixes to investing in long-term, sustainable solutions that are designed and led by those who understand the challenges best—the people living them.

As the international community contemplates the future of humanitarian aid and development, the principles outlined in the Pledge for Change 2030 serve as a guiding light. By advocating for a system that prioritizes the voices and needs of developing nations in the Global South, fosters genuine partnerships, and promotes sustainability over dependency, we can begin to envision a world where aid is no longer a necessity but a stepping stone towards self-reliance and resilience.

The time is ripe for change. As stakeholders from across the globe gather, be it physically or virtually, to contribute to this important dialogue, it’s essential to remember that the goal is not just to change the narrative around funding but to fundamentally alter the way we approach humanitarian aid and development. The success of initiatives like the Pledge for Change hinges on our collective ability to listen, learn, and act with empathy and respect for the dignity of all people. In doing so, we can build a more just and sustainable world, independent from aid but rich in mutual respect and cooperation.