In the 2004 issue of the Grassroots Development journal, we consider IAF’s place in the development assistance panorama and explore perspectives on how scientific paradigms–such as classical linear thinking, complexity and chaos–shape the way we order the world around us.
“Thinking Outside Newton’s Box: Metaphors for Grassroots Development”
Going beyond Isaac Newton’s intellectual tools that reduce nature to linear and mechanical processes, this article challenges us to consider where our assumptions in development work come from and how valid they are.
“Corporate Social Responsibility, Brazilian Style: Striking a Balance”
Here we showcase the partnership between the IAF and Fundação Boticário de Proteção à Natureza, a Brazilian cosmetic manufacturer’s primary conduit for furthering conservation. Through an exchange of expertise, these organizations are applying business, conversation and development best practices toward a more sustainable future.
“Questions and Answers: Miguel Krigsner”
In this Q&A piece, O Boticário’s founder Miguel Krigsner describes his company’s evolution from a downtown Curitiba pharmacy into a major cosmetic manufacturer and the importance of corporate citizenship to its success.
This article features IAF grantee partners in El Salvador run by and for people with disabilities, a class certainly burdened by commonly held assumptions. While the IAF’s record is modest, it is rich in replicable examples that show that people with disabilities can take control of their own development.
“UN Committee Boosts Disability Rights”
The work of an Ad Hoc Committee at the United Nations headquarters in New York is featured here, marking a big step forward for people with disabilities and toward an international convention on the rights for this marginalized population.
“Technology Transfer through Mexican Migration”
Given the magnitude of monetary flow from Mexican migrants working in the United States sent home, it follows that non-monetary flows such as the transfer of new ideas and technologies move across borders as well. This article examines the impact of migrant-driven technology transfers that have the potential to strengthen sustainable development efforts.
Photo Essay: “Grassroots Development on the Border”
These photographs illustrate the progress made by three of the IAF’s active border grantees to address issues of migration, jobs and security in the burgeoning communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Local Development: An Interview with David Valenzuela”
In this conversation with former IAF president David Valenzuela, we think back over more than a decade of IAF experience in the worldwide movement of local development and draw out key lessons.
“The Road to Pucarita”
The narrow 21-kilometer path that links the isolated Bambamarca and Condormarca districts to the principal market in Pucarita often damages agricultural goods due to its rough terrain, preventing residents from being competitive. This article highlights the work of those communities to address the problem themselves through self-help, hard work and cooperation.
Grantees in the News
- “Construyendo Capacidades Colectivas”
- “The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States”
- “Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development”
- “Global Civil Society: An Overview”
- “Un Futuro en positivo: La cooperación internacional en el siglo XXI”
Book Excerpt: “Lessons for the Promotion of Organizational Capacity”