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We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.
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GDC tips for writing a successful grant funding applicationThis document compiles insights from the GDC’s Innovation Challenge application processes in 2019 and 2020. Its recommendations are intended to help GDC members (last mile distributors) successfully fundraise from a range of donors and opportunities, including but not limited to the GDC.
An assessment of sanitation financing options for enterprises and householdsA summary of a study undertaken of the programme’s financing approaches to better understand their performance and how they compared to other viable approaches
The impact of Watershed on decentralised decision making with inclusion of women : findings from IndiaWater and sanitation interventions should put special focus on strengthening systems of community participation as well as enabling the participation of all citizens.
The District-Wide Approach : progress review from its application in five districts in RwandaThis systematic approach to planning suits the Rwandan context and has helped to mobilise funds, but is less effective in emphasising the sustainability of investments. DWA relies on external technical support and facilitation, which is reflected in the implementation costs: over US$ 100,000 per district.