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  • 27 Aug 2021

Shared Ground Fund: Theory of Change

We have revised our Theory of Change to outline the aspirations of the Shared Ground Fund, our analysis of how positive change might happen, our role in facilitating that change, and the types of work we’re keen to support.

We want to see a more humane, just, rights-based system, in which everyone who migrates can get the support they need to achieve their potential and flourish, and where communities experiencing migration can become stronger, more connected and live better together.

We hope that this document will make it easier for organisations seeking funding to see how their work fits with ours. We also want to open up a dialogue with the migration sector and the wider social justice movement about how, together, we might achieve change – to encourage people to give us their feedback, we have invited colleagues working in and beyond the sector to share their thoughts on the Theory of Change in the blogs below.

Read our Theory of Change and let us know what you think at

Alex Sutton, Head of Programme – Migration, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, outlines what has changed in our revised Theory of Change in this Q&A. Read the blog

Cassie Robinson, Deputy Director of Funding Strategy at The National Lottery Community Fund, welcomes the drive for transformational change. Read the blog

Peninah Wangari-Jones, Director at the Racial Justice Network, calls for a greater focus on antiracism and an analysis of the global forces driving displacement. Read the blog

Dylan Fotoohi, Director of Refugees for Justice, calls for a shared theory of change to support funders and the sector to work more effectively together. Read the blog