Shifting the Way Aid is Done

We just celebrated having had a successful Global Gathering where we learnt, taught and shared a magnificent experience with other agents of change and participants from Uganda, Amagoro, Meru, Kajiado, Nairobi and Somerset. We also strategized about how we can work together to shift the way aid is done. How do we end the dependency cycle?

Tatua Kenya 2014 Global Gathering participants at a training session in Kajiado.

What is certain is that communities not only  thrive when they have ownership over assets, but also when they are able to “own” their problems and issues. When communities accept that it is “their” problem, then they are more likely to work together to develop a solution that is better than one provided solely by an external “expert”.  We have however, at most times,  resigned to the belief that we can’t, and we have to go around with an empty bowl branded HELP. All we  need is the ability to identify the resources around us {resource mapping} and put them together to create power.  When a community is able to do this together, then they can achieve true independence.

How have you seen dependency in your community? Who do you think is the “expert” and why?