Community self-development encourages all stakeholders to recognize a community’s assets, not deficiencies, and supports relationships of mutual trust and equality.



Community Self-Development Methodology: An Implementation Handbook The culmination of more than five years of fieldwork in community grantmaking and project management, this handbook details APF’s method for supporting community-based, community-driven sustainable development projects. Utilized by NGOs in other parts of Ecuador, this practical handbook offers lessons for both the seasoned and entry-level international development professionals.
In English *Graphics and Handouts (English) En español. Gráficos español.


Evaluation of Rainwater Catchment Projects
Three years after three communities installed ecologically friendly rainwater catchment systems with APF support, 86% of families surveyed are very satisfied with them and 100% continue to use them. Most feel that their community is more organized now, too.(2011)
Download the Summary or the Full Report.

Oil and Water: Empowering Community-Based Alternatives to Extractive Activities
APF’s unique model helps empower communities dealing with oil, mining, and timber extraction in their territory.(2012)
Read our white paper: In English or En español


View a brief presentation on the history and vision Amazon Partnerships Foundation.


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