What is power shifting and why does it matter? In this series we explore power shifting in development and the effect that power has on every aspect of it – from funding to programmes to impact. The series seeks to add to discussions that are challenging traditional, top-down development, where young people and communities are reduced to ‘beneficiaries’ instead individuals capable of leading development. Our contributors will look at the question from different perspectives and different aspects of development. 

With the outbreak of coronavirus, now more than ever we need to talk about power in development. The pandemic is causing new problems and exacerbating existing ones for communities everywhere. In many places, young people and their communities are responding to the outbreak and as we already begin to prepare for the recovery, they must be at the heart of these efforts. They must have the power to determine their futures. 

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