There is a growing number of small NGOs and foundations specializing in offering direct funding to grassroots leaders. And 20+ of them have come together to write a book!
Sharing a list of small NGOs and foundations specializing in direct funding to grassroots leaders, locally-led organizations, and small, often “informal” movements.
When I left my small town in Nebraska to be an aid worker, I found this: the common good still exists elsewhere in the world. This idea can help shift the cognitive frameworks with which we talk about international assistance.
“…part of me wanted to say to Abel, the hell with the cultural traditions, and to hell with the government! These kids need an education…But that part of me shut up (mostly).” A guest post by Scott Fifer of GO Campaign
Three people I know and admire are getting the recognition they deserve this week: Mulugeta Gebru, Tori Hogan, and Sasha Fischer. Make sure you know what these people are accomplishing!
“Having learned from previous failures, we’d developed tools to alleviate these problems, but they didn’t work this time.” A guest post by Mary Fifield, founder and former executive director of Amazon Partnerships Foundation.
2011 has been a “shake-up” year for those involved in “flipping the aid system” to put more local and national actors in the driver’s seat of development. How-matters.org is shutting down until January 15th to reflect and plan for 2012!
Tanya Cothran, Executive Administrator at Spirit in Action, writes about how an idea, some information sharing, and a little bit of money can go a long way at the local level when people are behind an initiative.
How-matters.org’s 111th post! Celebrating some results of the past year and sharing next steps!
Oral reporting is a way to decrease the reporting burden on local, grassroots organizations, while enabling grantees to “paint a fuller picture” of their work, accomplishments and challenges than the written word can often offer.
An overview of the session, “Winds of Change: Will it bring a new development paradigm?” that will take place this week during the World Bank/IMF spring meetings. Join the webcast on Friday, April 15th at 2pm EST (6pm GMT).
We need smart people to identify what works, yes. We also need these same smart people to utilize their skills to meet organizations where they are, rather than trying to form them into versions of ourselves.
I received a report, exactly as it appears in this post, from a Zimbabwean organization. Only one question—if you were the grantmaker, would you fund them again?
When the level of community ownership of a program or organization is adequately established, a certain amount of trust can then be relied upon for accountability in a small grants scenario.