Bridging Peoples was formed to promote a single, basic idea: that you shouldn’t need to choose between working sensitively and flexibly with partner communities, and meeting your program objectives and requirements. In fact, taking the demands of sustainable, inclusive development seriously means that both should be done at the same time.
Rather than approaching development as a one-size-fits-all package, we work hard to understand and build on community strengths, and believe that the key to positive change lies in respect for diversity: finding ways to work with the unique cultural, social, historical and economic contexts of each individual community.
We pride ourselves on our evidence-based approach, staying up-to-date on different approaches to community development, organisational development and international development. All of our work is firmly contextualised, based on community-based research conducted by members of our network and others.
Our services include:
1. Community engagement training
Our intensive community engagement vocational courses are designed to be practical, teaching participants the basic principles of community engagement, and taking them through a structured process to help them apply these principles in their daily work.
2. Community liaison & program support
We provide strategic advice and program support services, helping you to better understand your operating environment and design your programs accordingly. We will gather the information you need at the local level, and help you use this information to design your program according to community realities, strengths and needs. Services are tailored to fit your organisational requirements, and may include:
- participatory planning exercises
- community outreach & behaviour change
- social impact analysis
- needs assessments
- value chain assessments
- local governance assessments
We also conduct independent assessments, depending on program and donor needs.
3. Partnership support
It can sometimes be difficult to provide adequate support to local partners, particularly if you are working remotely. Communications breakdowns, language issues, and cultural barriers can all get in the way of working with local partners.
Our in-country staff act as a ‘bridge’ between you and your local partners, providing ongoing partnership support through third party monitoring, mentoring, identification of training needs and other support services.
We conduct research on a variety of issues to assist program and policy makers to better understand the needs and priorities of communities, and to improve how they implement programs at the local level.
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