At Africa Development Promise, our culture supports continuous learning to build our internal capacity to promote change in the communities we serve.
All staff, both local and in Denver, have had the opportunity to obtain a Certificate of Development Practice, from Regis University in Denver and two of us are working on our Masters. The learning doesn't end there. Last week, I returned from India where I participated in a short certificate program - Equip Yourself to Make the Change You Wish to See - offered through Future Generations University. Working with Daniel C. Taylor, a renowned scholar and practitioner of social change, we explored Gandhi's approach for motivating others to come together to affect positive social change and Taylor's theory of SEED-SCALE.
One of my key takeaways is that truth is a core principle in all that we practice and is the only way to gain respect among all stake holders in communities. Truth is an energizing force. Strong leadership is influenced by practicing truth. As we work with communities/cooperatives in truth, we must actively listen to their concerns, find out their aspirations - their common intentions, respect it and most importantly build from it. If practitioners build from truth rather than impose their views, then projects become sustainable and grow to scale. Working in truth requires participatory evidence in which the community works collaboratively to gather evidence, build consensus and make informed decisions about actions that can be achieved. Beyond that, it requires gathering evidence as the project moves forward.
I am encouraged by the learning. ADP is continuously evolving and practicing truth. We work closely with the women's cooperatives building on what they already know and this year we launch our monitoring and evaluation platform that will enable ADP to measure the results, impact and progress of our work to design more impact programs.
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