About Bellwether

On the Ground

How we disrupt the cycle of genocide.

Theory of Change


Disrupting the cycle of genocide starts with awareness about genocide as a contemporary issue in our world today. We work with academics, practitioners, and advocates to help them become bellwethers in their sphere of influence.


We work with governments all over the world to prevent genocide including through our new systems dynamic modeling, which policymakers can use to predict, prevent, and respond to genocide through economic policy levers.


All of our program managers live in communities where we are disrupting the cycle of genocide, and represent our local expertise on the ground as practioners. Development programs are designed and implemented by the community.

How It Works

We first identify community experts who help us to conduct a needs assessment. This approach centers on understanding what is already being done in the community, what has worked in the past, and who our potential non-profit and for-profit partners could be.

Then we design programs with communities that reflect the local language, customs, traditions, and stewardship, so that every project we implement is locally implemented. Too often humanitarian response is driven by assumptions; we value learning and collaborating directly with the community affected to avoid colonial practices.

After careful impact evaluation and the learning the pilot phase of each intervention, we refine our programs, hire local project managers, and scale through community participation, training, and education.

These efforts on the ground are paired with advocacy with government, religious leaders, and policy makers, so that change can happen both top-down and bottom-up simultaneously. This way we are disrupting the cycles of genocide, and creating resistance through micro and macro system changes.

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