Dynamic Networks, Lasting Change
by Tanya Cothran
"Spirit in Action is successful . . . not necessarily because we have expertise, funding and information . . . but because we are able to connect groups with local people with the expertise, knowledge and know-how to make their project successful." Read more...
How to Fail Forward
by Rachel Jansen and Ashley Good
"If development organizations euphemize failures as "lessons learned" or never tackle tough failures, they undermine people's drive to dream big, take risks, and innovate." Read more...
How Do You Define "Success"?
by Susan Struder King
"Like most intrepid rainforest inhabitants of the region, the Waorani were incredibly gifted at finding vines, wood, etc to improvise repairs. But there simply was no all-natural substitute for a threaded plastic part to control the flow of water from the water tank." Read more...
Fixing the Broken Wheel
by Jeremy King
"On those occasions when communities took charge, projects functioned less like a broken wheel and more like a well-oiled machine, and a little bit of targeted outside support went a long way." Read more...
Amazon Partnerships provides stories, data, resources, and fresh perspectives to support communities’ power to define their future and to contribute to the growing dialog about reforming international aid.
We believe communities, not funders or other outsiders, must be the drivers of their own development and offer the greatest hope for a vibrant, healthy future for people and our planet.
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