Is helplessness the way into the heart of the “savior”?
“There are better approaches that can be employed to make sure that our development approach is participatory and strategic. But if we continue to force on communities ideologies born out of top-down approaches, we are not going to see the impact and change we desire.” A guest post by Clement N. Dlamini of the Institute of Development Management in Swaziland.
How can development workers harness “in-built” community strengths in the midst of poverty and adversity?
“‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.F.M. community activist, Zimbabwe
We all know it’s easier to identify problems and critique. Here’s a starting list of 5 ideas for changes in international development policy and practice.