Key concepts

About the Key Concepts series

For philanthropy and development practices to have a significant impact on root causes of poverty, marginalization and violence, they need to be better aligned with other social change agendas that are people led. This involves understanding ‘key concepts’ that are commonly used in development and elucidating their meaning and implications in practice. PSJP is facilitating a peer-learning environment in order to do this and is exploring the following six themes:

  1. Dignity and development
  2. Building community resilience
  3. Measuring change
  4. Sustainability
  5. Community philanthropy
  6. Leadership

As a first step we are facilitating discussions among a diverse set of practioners in the field on these topics and producing papers which will be shared here. We hope to engage in wider ranging discussion in response to the papers and invite you to share your perspectives, experience and research on these themes. To contribute a blog write to us at