Shifting Power Accelerator
Transform your localization plans into locally-led partnerships in 5 weeks. Radically shift power, money, and voice to local leaders now.
Mahrukh Hasan (Maya) and Fearless Project
Sr. Technical Advisor. UN & NGO Consultant. DEI Expert. 20+ years experience.
Are you a leader or manager struggling to fulfill your localization and direct funding commitments?
You're not alone.
I'll give you the frameworks, case studies, and support you need to follow through.
This course will help you navigate barriers to your localization goals and reach your targets alongside a cohort of your aid and development sector peers.
To shift power in real-time, you'll commit to working on weekly projects with a local partner of your choice in between our live sessions.
I'll also be available for office hours, co-working, and coaching sessions for personalized support.
This course is specifically designed for busy leaders willing to set aside 4 hours a week for 5 weeks to get things done.
Are you ready to operationalize and follow through on your localization commitments?
If so, this course is for you.
If you join before February 22, you can get 20% off using promo code EARLYBIRD20 🐣
You’re a senior humanitarian leader or manager who is already shifting power by rethinking your business or operational model.
You've made localization plans, but are finding it difficult to translate them into action due to actual constraints and perceived risks.
You want to shift power fast and responsibly but in a way that practically and authentically includes your partner's voice and decisions.
Shifting power requires critical reflection. You’ll ask key questions to measure how equal or locally-led your partnership really is.
Embrace a capacity-strengthening model over outdated capacity-building approaches. You'll prioritize areas for partner-led growth.
Cash transfers can be a compliance nightmare. You’ll learn how flexible funds work so that you can build your own with donor and partner support.
Inviting input on program ideas is not enough for equal partnership. You’ll practice a human-centered design method for co-ownership and maximum participation.
Guido van Heugten
Sr. Technical Advisor. UN & NGO Consultant. DEI Expert. Leadership Coach. 20+ years of experience.
Mahrukh Hasan (Maya) is the founder of Fearless Project, an online education start-up for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her 20-year career, Maya has consulted with the UN, INGOs, and LSE. She has managed partnerships, grants, design, M&E, communications, and research teams at INGOs supporting local media and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.
A leadership trainer and coach, Maya has been a course developer and facilitator for the Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI) hosted by UNOPS, USAID, LSE, and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She has an MA in International Economics and Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.
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Fearless Project is an online education start-up for workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We help social impact leaders design work cultures where everyone can flourish.
We offer holistic DEI learning and transformation programs including courses, coaching, community, and consulting to accelerate change for aid and development organizations.
Cohort 1 - June 2023
June 6 - July 7, 2023
June 2, 2023
Picture the Future
Shifting power starts by changing the way you think. What will be the role of international aid organizations in 5, 10, or 25 years?
You'll do a visioning exercise, commit to a growth mindset, and enjoy meeting your peers!
Power & Influence: Decisions, Money, Voice
Power frameworks help you critically reflect on the state of your local partnerships.
You will learn a few power awareness and analysis frameworks and tools, and practice with your peers. Finally, you will select one to evaluate an existing relationship with a local partner.
Capacity Building ≠ Capacity Strengthening
It's no secret that models for organizational development in the aid sector are outdated. Luckily, there are alternative frameworks.
You'll learn a few organizational development frameworks that prioritize local leadership, innovation, resilience, and performance. Then you will select one to review and determine growth areas with your partner.
Flexible Funding Now
Direct funding is the gold standard of shifting power. But how can you get cash in the hands of your local partners if bureaucracy always gets in the way?
You'll access a case study of how to create an unrestricted fund and see real examples of funds that you can replicate. You will adapt and build on a model that works for you and your partner.
Simulation: Design Sprint
Equal decision-making is a critical step on the way to locally-led partnerships.
You'll participate in a rapid design sprint, an innovative and participatory framework for program design that you can share and use with your local partners.
Demo Day & Graduation
Congrats! Share your Shifting Power reflections to celebrate all you have achieved during the course.
You will thank your peers and ask for continued accountability and support as you work toward your goals following the course.
Bonus: Videos, Cheat Sheets, and More
In addition to all the interactive sessions, you will have access to recorded videos, expert interviews, and Maya's cheat sheets. (Some topics: key components of capacity strengthening model, flexible fund case study, and more.)
March 7, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Mar 8, 2023: 5-6:30 PM ET
Mar 9, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Mar 15, 2023: 5-6:30 PM EST
Mar 16, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Participants will have the collective option to take a mid-course break for one week or to complete the course earlier in 4 weeks.
Mar 22, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Mar 23, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Mar 29, 2023: 5-6:30 PM ET
Mar 30, 2023: 5-6 PM ET
Applied, Collaborative Learning
This live course uses Maven and Zoom. You will apply your learning via breakout discussions and weekly projects.
80% Practice, 20% Theory
In every session, you will practice using frameworks, tools, and case studies that you will share with your partners and teams.
Lifelong Community of Peers
You will join a growing community of senior leaders not just committed to innovation, growth, and shifting power, but doing it together.
If you attend the sessions, actively participate, and still don’t find the course valuable, we’ll happily refund your full payment up to 7 days after the end of the course.
🎓 Use your organization's Professional Development budget
Since this course teaches industry and job-critical skills, you could get tuition reimbursement from your employer.
🏆 Certificate of completion
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Cohort 1 - June 2023
June 6 - July 7, 2023
June 2, 2023