Habiba Nabatu

Programme Manager, Systems Change

About Habiba…

What is it that attracted you to Lankelly Chase? I remember reading Lankelly Chase’s Theory of Change and thinking, “This is it! These are the people I want to work with”.  Lankelly Chase’s ambition for fundamental change, with people themselves at the centre of the solutions, deeply connects with my personal beliefs and experience of community development work.  I had come to the conclusion that a disconnect between leaders and the people they serve had resulted in a sense of helplessness, and that we need to relate differently to each other and to our institutions.  My work at Asian Action Group hugely influenced the person I am today because it was a great place to question the things I often supported but felt frustrated with such as the culture of outcomes, the power of funders and the tokenistic involvement of those using the services.

Ask me about…Project ideas around systems change; working collaboratively with people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage; the promoting change network; funding; aimless walking trips that lead to good pub food; old school hip-hop; Bob Marley’s music; Maya Angelou; vegetarian recipes.

Content by Habiba Nabatu

  • Publication

    Historical review of place based approaches

    Historical Review of Place Based Approaches

    This report presents the findings from an historical review of place based approaches to change. The aim of this research was originally to help inform our thinking about the role Lankelly Chase could, and should play as a national foundation...

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  • Blog Post

    Systems Changers – harnessing the power of insights from the frontline

    Very rarely do we give enough or any attention to the knowledge and insights of the front line worker. Systems changers is a programme that aims to change that.   We know how important it is to hear the voice of users.  Alongside that...

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  • Blog Post

    Behaving like a system – keeping the conversation going

    Following on from Collaborate's report on the preconditions of place-based systems change, Clare Wightman, Director of Grapevine has written her reflections on how values drive system change. Grapevine and Coventry Law Centre have formed...

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  • Blog Post

    Tackling poverty needs whole-system approaches

    We are working with The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to see how economic regeneration and growth can include a focus on people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.  Commonly, local economic growth approaches are divorced from...

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