A global collective of changemakers igniting a more just world

A global collective of changemakers igniting a more just world

Embark is a global collective investing intellectual, social, and financial resources to investigate and challenge unjust systems in pursuit of bold social change.

Justice-Centered Philanthropy

requires we focus on tackling unjust systems, not just their effects and asks us to give up power as gatekeepers making decisions of how to use resources so that community changemakers can more effectively lead social change.

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Member development and cohort learning

3 years

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Support community-led design and implementation

3 years

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Alumni leadership

Post 3 years

Through workshops, readings, project visits, and discussions, members will participate in a three-year cohort-based transformative learning journey, interrogating traditional philanthropic mindsets, principles, approaches and language to model a different way of doing philanthropy that truly values justice over charity.

Our Approach to Gender Justice and Design

Achieving gender justice requires transformative change which means addressing the structural causes as well as the symptoms of gender inequality. Change needs to take place and be sustained in multiple domains and in both private and public spaces (at individual, household, community and societal levels) to achieve lasting impact. Embark leverages CARE’s Gender Equality Framework to guide the design of holistic programming.

Care's Gender Equality Framework

Build Agency

Building confidence, self-esteem and aspirations (non-formal sphere) and knowledge, skills and capabilities (formal sphere).

Transform Structures

Discriminatory social norms, customs, values and exclusionary practices (non-formal sphere) and laws, policies, procedures and services (formal sphere).

Change Relations

The power relations through which people live their lives through intimate relations and social networks (non-formal sphere) and group membership and activism, and citizen and market negotiations (formal sphere).

Embark draws on equity-centered design which integrates equitable processes, methods, and mindsets into a powerful approach for tackling designing in the face of systems of oppression. Equity-centered design relies on the participation of communities and changemakers at all stages of project design to ensure their needs, ideas, and voices are driving the development of a solution. Furthermore, it invites gatekeepers of resources to be aware of and reflect on the impact of their personal beliefs and biases in relationship with communities throughout the design process.

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