IMAGO’s Executive Director appointed as member of the UN Secretary General´s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

IMAGO Global Grassroots is honored to announce that Co-Founder and Executive Director Isabel Guerrero will become a member of the UN Secretary General’s recently announced High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. She joins 19 eminent leaders from government, the private sector, international organizations, academia, the technical community, and civil society from around the...

From ‘Empowerment’ to Releasing the Power – IMAGO’s Newsletter

The latest issue of The IMAGO Insider, our quarterly newsletter is here! From ‘Empowerment’ to Releasing the Power addresses issues of agency, multidimensional poverty, the role of government in addressing the challenges of poverty and the ‘missing middle’ in development. We apprecite this opportunity to share with you some of our most recent ideas, work...

An Ethiopian women holds a land certificate. Photo credit: USAID

Ideas, Evidence and Intuitions: mental health, agency, and voice

This week’s IEI takes a look at the role of mental health and psychotherapy in improving both economic and overall well-being, understanding how government interventions intersect with activating agency, and amplifying unheard voices. The effects of psychotherapy-trained health workers in Pakistan. Cognitive behavioral therapy, focusing on psychological affirmation makes a difference to...

Poverty Stoplight's participatory multidimensional poverty surveys in use in the field.

Activating Agency or Nudging?

By Michael Walton Two ideas in development – activating agency of citizens and using “nudges” to change their behavior – seem diametrically opposed in spirit: activating latent agency at the ground level versus  top-down designs that exploit people’s behavioral responses. Yet both start from a psychological focus and a belief that changes...

Refugees after a water rescue

Ideas, Evidence & Intuitions: complexity, graphs, and borders

This issue of IEI reflects on a diverse array of issues including the challenges of telling complex stories, the visual representation of key data that impacts how we understand the world, and the intersection of borders, migrants, refugees and development. How to tell stories about complex issues (SSIR). “The science of storytelling—the...

IMAGO Workshop with Seva Mandir

“Can Anyone Hear Us?”

By Elena Serrano This cry for help is the name of a book that has inspired a generation of researchers and scholars who seek to understand in a profound way the core elements of poor people´s definition of poverty. The research was published by the World Bank in 2000 by a team...

Photo: Alan Whelan/Trócaire

Ideas, Evidence & Intuitions: on women and stories

by Surili Sheth Women in the world 0. It was Mother’s Day yesterday, which provides us an important opportunity to think about the staggering numbers for black infant and maternal mortality rates in the United States. Not only is there structural violence, racism, and poverty – but evidence strongly suggests that “weathering” over...