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How We Work Determined to Develop Malawi

At Determined to Develop (D2D), we take a collaborative approach to our work, and believe that those who live in the area are best able to assess needs and create solutions for the community. We do not impose what we think should be solutions from the top-down, but rather work with community members from the ground-up. Our commitment to collaboration allows us to maximize impact and assist in the development of Chilumba in a responsible and positive way.

All our projects have community ownership, which is demonstrated in two ways:

First, communities are enlisted to identify their needs and solutions, which becomes the basis of our work. We participate in regular village needs assessment meetings attended by Village Headmen (chiefs), local village development committees, women’s groups, civil society leaders, and other community members. It is from these meetings that the concept, planning, and implementation stages of any of our projects begin. Furthermore, all work is vetted by community stakeholders.

Second, communities contribute to the running of each project. Our approach emphasizes the personal responsibility and accountability of all partners involved. This grassroots model for development utilizes local knowledge and ensures that we work in collaboration with traditional leaders and community-based networks, respecting cultural values and traditions. This process is assisted by the community liaison officer, who ensures that we stay fully engaged with everything taking place in the villages and vice versa.

We have expanded our programming, but maintain our focus on a relatively small geographic area of Chilumba, Malawi. Remaining a local organization has a number of benefits. We have developed a strong rapport with stakeholders in the area, which helps us to run our many projects effectively. Working on the ground also allows us to have close and on-going monitoring of all projects, and we pride ourselves on being able to adapt projects where necessary and learn through evaluation. This approach also ensures that all money donated is used in the most cost-effective way, as we have minimal overhead costs.

As a development organization, it is important to us that our initiatives are in-line with those of broader development strategies, both in the national and international context. These strategies include the Karonga District Development Plan, Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, and the United Nation’s Standard Development Goals. Each of these strategies includes specific actions for improved youth education. By aligning our programs with the initiatives in these development strategies, we ensure that our programs are following the best fit for the development of Malawi.

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Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 1
Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 1
Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 2
Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 3
Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 1Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 2Determined to Develop Expands Womens Revolving Goat Project 3

Determined to Develop expands Women’s Revolving Goat Project

With limited access to the formal banking sector, many people in Malawi rely on keeping their wealth in animals, which can be used for income, savings, and insurance for the owners and their families. One such animal asset that makes a popular and straightforward investment is the humble and hardy goat.

They are robust animals that can be easily bred and provide a secure income. For the past year, Determined to Develop has been encouraging this practice to develop further into robust and sustainable community initiatives for economic stability and social empowerment.

D2D currently supports two Revolving Goat projects, with the aim of enabling a modest livelihood for vulnerable women. The scheme hopes to further empower the participants by providing full ownership of the project and participation as a member of a strong community cooperative. Local women who have been identified as vulnerable are invited into the project, in which they are given two goats. These are then bred and the offspring repaid to the project, before being lent on to other women so that they too can benefit. The project has enjoyed much success already with a pilot program in Sangilo village, in which the women were able to expand from twenty to sixty members in the first six months. This month D2D was delighted to turn its attention to Mponela and introduce the initiative to this community too.

Thirty eight goats from Chitipa were distributed to phase one beneficiaries of the project at Principle GVH Mponela on the 16th of September 2015. Nineteen women came to receive the animals and move this project onto its exciting next phase. Each beneficiary received two female goats, with a further two male goats to be passed on by the group’s Chairperson to each member for mating.

In attendance was D2D director Matt Maroon, who gave a brief speech to the women advising them to take good care of the goats and to maintain the hardworking spirit which they have already shown. It is now up to them to emulate the women of Sangilo and make the project a success. We wish them the best of luck!

Tawonga chomene (We thank you)