Engineers Without Borders USA recently completed a F2F small grant project in Kosovo under SPSP. Their project and volunteer model incorporated several innovative strategies, including using volunteers to develop future volunteer scopes of work, having several long-term volunteers anchor the work of short-term volunteers and high levels of remote assistance. Take a look at this presentation by Program Manager Kevin Andrezejewski to learn about EWB's work and the successes and challenges they experienced.
November 1, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Seminar
Farmer-to-Farmer has recently concluded a special study researching the value of volunteer time. The purpose of this short study is to provide information to Farmer-to-Farmer program managers and USAID on an approximate averaged value of volunteer time across the program, and whether that value is consistent with the current value of $470/day.
This is a guide created by The Narrative Project, a research effort devoted to changing the narrative of development work to be more positive and inclusive. These are the results of their research about how to activate a a broader base of public support for the challenges we're facing as a global community.
This resource was written by Eric Viala and originally posted on USAID's Sustainable Water Partnership website here.
Water fuels every aspect of life. It’s essential for basic health and hygiene, and it drives society’s most essential industries: agriculture, energy and transportation. Without water security there can be no national security. In fact, water is essential to the stability of every country on the planet. Understanding water security means looking beyond immediate supply to political, economic, social and environmental impacts.
This resource was originally posted by Feed the Future here.
Beans might be small, but they have big potential to help poor families grow a better future.
Feed the Future helps farmers in developing countries turn this potential into profit through growing more beans, both to eat at home and to sell for income. With more income, these farming families can buy other nutritious foods, access health care, pay for school, and save and invest in their future. Feed the Future also supports research to make beans more climate-smart and pest-resistant, so farmers have more options for meeting these challenges and sustaining progress.
Still not sold on the benefits of beans? Here are six more reasons to love them:
This resource was created by F2F Implementer ACDI VOCA. The orignal post can be found here.
Changing behaviors—especially multiple behaviors across market actors—can be challenging. Predictably, this means complex market systems are also difficult to transform. If we want to change individual behaviors across the market system to alleviate poverty, where do we even begin?
Engaging the private sector in development projects is, in many cases, critical to sustainability and impact. But successfully engaging the private sector is often challenging. It requires compromise and careful alignment of activities to ensure there is enough potential for long-term profit. This panel explored examples where projects successfully developed new enterprises that supported the sustainability of program objectives and drove local economic growth.
What makes a great volunteer story? It's not just the numbers and facts, but the illustration of transformational change and unforgettable moments that occur on many volunteer assignments. This resource, created by VEGA, helps guide implementers through the interview and writing process so that the stories of life-changing impact do not go unheard.