Funding Development: Shifting Power and Building Partnerships

Webinar. Thursday 30 November 2023. 13.00-14.30 (GMT)

Panel discussion


Funding Development: Shifting Power and Building Partnerships. The panel will explore how approaches to funding development can shift power and build equitable partnerships.

Dylan Mathews (Peace Direct) will describe participative grant making and how this approach shifts power to Global South organisations.

Sarah Rose (USAID) will discuss USAID’s approach to localization.  She will describe how their approach supports inclusive development and the building strong and equitable partnerships between USAID and organisations rooted in the Global South.

Marta Arranz (Learning Edge) will present the key findings from the evaluation she led of the Shifting Systems Initiative which has supported philanthropies and foundations to shift power and work differently with its international partners. 

Register now!  The webinar will be recorded and made available to participants along with a Resource Pack focusing on approaches to funding development that support shifing power and decolonising development.

Panel members

Dylan Mathews (Peace Direct)


Dylan Mathews is CEO of Peace Direct having joined the organisation in 2015. His commitment to supporting local organisations in the global south spans almost twenty years, during which time he has worked for a range of peacebuilding, international development and humanitarian organisations.

While working for the peacebuilding think tank Oxford Research Group, he authored ‘War Prevention Works’ which profiled the role of non-state actors in conflict prevention and resolution – a publication that helped launch Peace Direct in 2004. He is the editor of ‘Working with Conflict 2’ a practical toolkit for local peacebuilders, published in 2020. Dylan is the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global peacebuilding network based in Washington DC.

Sarah Rose (USAID)


Sarah Rose is the Senior Advisor for Localization in the Office of the USAID Administrator. Prior to coming to USAID, she was a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where her research focused on US development policy and aid effectiveness, including localization. Previously, Sarah was a monitoring and evaluation specialist in the health office of the USAID Mission in Mozambique. She also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in the Department of Policy and Evaluation.

Marta Arranz (Learning Edge)


Marta Arranz is an independent consultant working internationally with philanthropy, collaborative initiatives and non-profits in strategy, facilitation, learning and evaluation. She is also the Director of the Climate SMILE initiative, a collaborative community of practice uniting SMILE staff from climate funders. She has a particular interest in complex, systems-oriented work and its political dimensions. She combines consulting with training and teaching. A frequent speaker at evaluation conferences (AEA, EES), networks and communities of practice, she has also designed and delivered multiple trainings, workshops and webinars, including collaborations with academic institutions such as the University of Geneva, the University of Cape Town and the Complutense University of Madrid.

Before working independently Marta led Oak Foundation’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning work from 2019-2023. Prior to joining Oak Foundation Marta worked for large international NGOs, serving as MEL Lead for Oxfam Great Britain (2014-2018) and Save the Children International (2012-2014). She also worked for international NGOs and multilateral organizations in South-East Asia when she was based in the region. Before becoming a passionate evaluator and learning facilitator, she worked as a legal advisor and family mediator in social services in Madrid (Spain). She previously designed and ran a peer-mediation programme for secondary schools in Spain.

Marta obtained a BA in Law from the Autoìnoma University of Madrid with a specialism in Political Sciences and a Master’s Degree on Evaluation of Public Policies and Programmes from the Complutense University of Madrid.

She currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of foodwatch International.

Panel chair

Kate Bird (The Development Hub)


Prof Kate Bird is the Director of The Development Hub, Professor of Practice at the University of Surrey, Associate with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network and Senior Associate with ODI.

She has over 25 years experience leading international research, training and consultancy teams and is co-host of the podcast ‘The Power Shift: Decolonising Development’.