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Grace Lyn Higdon

Research Assistant

Grace is exploring how participatory methods can inform a complex systems approach to improve global development and humanitarian practice. Her current research examines how organisational learning systems can offer more opportunities for decisions to be influenced by the people whose lives are most directly affected during multiple stages and at different levels of an intervention.

Grace is particularly interested in how a combination of digital and analog methods can complement existing efforts to build equitable relationships which are less extractive, more collaborative and redistribute power – in its myriad of forms – back to local actors. She is an advocate for a more thoughtful, safe and ethical use of digital tools in development (ICT4D). 

Grace is a proud former student of the MA Participation, Power and Social Change program at IDS.




Buen Vivir Fund: Participatory Impact Investing

Case Summary No. 8

The Buen Vivir Fund is a participatory impact investment fund operating internationally. It was founded in 2018 by Thousand Currents, a nongovernmental organisation, following a co-design process to conceptualise the Fund, initiated in 2016. The Buen Vivir Fund started small in terms of volume...

31 March 2020