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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 Planting Trees
Determined to Develop Planting Trees
Determined to Develop Malawi Reforestation
Determined to Develop Malawi Planting Trees 2
Determined to Develop Planting TreesDetermined to Develop Malawi ReforestationDetermined to Develop Malawi Planting Trees 2

Tree Planting at Sangilo Community Development Day

Each year, Determined to Develop prepares tree seedlings to be shared within the surrounding communities at the start of rainy season. This year we managed to produce 2000 trees that were to be distributed to our local Primary schools, Community Day secondary Schools and to community members.

At the beginning of February, Sangilo village organized a Community Development Day with the plan to plant trees throughout the village. The community, through the Group Village Headman (GVH) Mtoweranyifwa, was happy to have D2D participate in the event and share seedlings to the community.

700 seedlings were shared and the event was a high success. The trees included Umbrella trees, Acacia trees, and Msangusangu trees. When the planting was done, GVH Mtoweranyifwa gave a few remarks in which he expressed gratitude to the organization and his people, believing that the trees that were planted that day will not just improve the overall beauty of Sangilo Primary School, but also will help protect the school from the heavy winds that have blown the school roof in a number of occasions in the past.

Additional trees have been distributed amongst the Hara and Sangilo villagers, and others were given to Thunduti Community Day Secondary School. Since 2010, D2D has distributed more than 15,000 trees in Chilumba.