A Marshall Plan for Moms?

Written by: Isabel Guerrero Last week a group of influential women called for a Marshall Plan for Moms during the first 100 days of the Biden administration, suggesting the creation of a task force to devise and oversee the implementation of such a plan.  A Marshall Plan for Moms would include providing...

Can social enterprises help with an inclusive recovery?

Written by: Maitreyi Bordia, Daselaine Tinsley & Ibrahim Ali Khan The terms “sustainable” and “inclusive” are being commonly (and often loosely) applied to any positive interventions towards the response and recovery from the pandemic. What does “inclusive recovery” mean? Here we explore a specific type of intervention through social enterprises (SEs) using...

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,...