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You can either participate in hub discussions at the global level or take steps to implement a hub project in a certain region or thematic area. For the latter, take a look at the list of ongoing hub projects.



Movement Strategy Implementation Grants are currently supporting hubs through two tracks:

  1. Researching Hubs: An idea for a research project to surface the needs and priorities of community members to find the best ways of working together. This project contributes to ongoing global conversations on hubs.
  2. Planning Hubs: A project that seeks to facilitate conversations and agreement in the community for a hubs project that had been researched before and has a clearly-defined scope.

Open questions


Discussions about the hubs are currently focusing on the following set of questions:

  • Value: What is the benefit of becoming a hub over the status quo?
  • Lifecycle: How do hubs come into being? How do they get 'promoted' to enable more resourcing and the taking on of additional roles? How do they get 'demoted' or disbanded if proven ineffective?
  • Minimum roles: Is there a minimal set of roles a hub must fulfill?
  • Exclusivity: Could there be more than one hub for a region or a theme? If so, do they compete for resources based on performance?
  • Coverage: Must all funded work in a region or topic go through the respective hub?
  • Conflict of Interest: Can affiliate board members also be decision-makers in their respective regional hub? If so, how to manage COI? If not, who would be decision-makers in the regional hub?
  • Support: Who trains the trainers? Who ensures hubs have the expertise to offer their constituent communities?
  • Entitlement: Are hubs automatically entitled to certain things over the served communities “under” them (within a region or a theme)? Do served communities opt into a relationship with a Hub or are they automatically assigned?
  • Coordination between hubs: When projects span multiple hub's focus areas.