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Solve problems from the ground up, support grassroots advocacy
Problem Grassroots organisations are community-based groups who advocate for change at a local, national or international level and often use a bottom-up approach [1-4]. Despite demonstrating holistic, sustainable and inclusive responses to global issues, they still face a number of challenges [5,6]. They often have a hard time accessing relevant resources and are overlooked by institutional actors [6,7]. Large institutional actors don’t adjust to the needs of local community groups and prefer formal procedures, causing grassroots organisations to waste time establishing legitimacy rather than focussing on their projects .
Facts and Figures
Grassroots innovations, alternative solutions developed by local communities and promoting diversity, are receiving increasing recognition globally .
In the past two decades, global grassroots movements have started gaining recognition and are now seen as transnational actors for global issues .
Solution The solution with the most impact is raising more funds for grassroots organisations. In addition, governments must build supportive infrastructure and include these organisations in budgeting and policy design and implementation [11,5]. The policies must be adapted in favour of grassroots organisations and local communities . This way organisations can devote their time to their communities and make sure their projects have a positive long-lasting impact .