Scaling Up IMAGO: Lessons from my country

My work with IMAGO as a summer fellow has been a very enriching one. Coming from a developing country and having worked in the public sector has let me experience first-hand what IMAGO calls “the missing middle,” that space, where neither the top-down nor the bottom-up approach can reach that is most...

Bridging the missing middle during COVID-19

I was inspired to join IMAGO Global Grassroots when Isabel spoke in one of my classes in the Spring. After a semester of very technical economics and policy content, it was refreshing to hear her perspective on working both at the highest levels of large organisations and closer to the coalface with...

Resilience, hope and opportunity

I joined IMAGO on July 1st, 2020, not fully knowing what to expect. I was working with the Patient Care Intervention Center (PCIC) in Houston but given the dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, the summer fellowship was going to be remote. The pandemic has sent the world on a...

Exploring new pathways to development

What does it mean to be an IMAGO fellow? For me it meant human proximity, care for people, co-creation and the kind of leadership that I hope to practice one day. It was inspiration, adaptation and personal stories that boost admiration. Going out of my comfort zone, moving from data to people...

Lessons I’ll carry with me

I didn’t make it to Gujarat, India, but thanks to modern technology, I got to work remotely with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) as an IMAGO Summer Fellow. SEWA is a union of informal women workers in India with over 2 million members, many of whom own and work in social enterprises,...

Lessons on Development

The summer of 2020 was a strange time, not just in India but across the world. COVID 19 had just changed the face of the world and how we did things. Lives were lost and economies fell. The MOVE intervention was continuing in SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), India’s largest organized movement...

The Capacity to Aspire to Change the World

At IMAGO Global Grassroots, we work with organizations that want to scale up their impact, including helping them get investment-ready. Like thousands of others, many of our partners were inspired by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. They imagined what could be possible with $100 million, formed alliances...