How do you approach development and bring about impact when the government and large corporations stand in your way? The answer lies in empowering local communities, and strengthening relationships with local leaders. In working in development in rural India, working in some of the most remote areas, even the most basic initiatives can go a long way.
The key to beginning any social change business (or any business, for that matter) is building a Business Model Canvas. But understanding the Business Model Canvas can help inform your decision making whether you're working in an organisation, on an academic related project, or developing your own project.
When working in development, we deal with complex issues that aren't usually black and white. How do we make sense of this complexity when developing our own solutions to critical international challenges? Symptoms and events can look convincingly like problems, but it's essential to look broader than the symptoms.
The Doing Development Differently manifesto calls for a transformation in how we ‘do development’. It’s a call to focus on problems defined by local people, learn quickly through cycles of planning, action and reflection, and embed genuine local ownership.