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In this event, we’ll discuss what an “asset-based approach” to international development means and what makes it different from other approaches. We’ll then look at ways to develop grant applications using this asset-based framework.

Asset-based approaches value the capacity, skills, knowledge, connections and potential in the local community (social capital).

The more familiar “deficit approach” focuses on the problems, needs and deficiencies in a community. It designs services to fill the gaps and fix the problems, usually utilising external ‘experts’. As a result, a community can feel disempowered and dependent; people can become passive recipients of expensive services rather than active agents of change.

Fundamentally, the shift from using a deficit-based approach to an asset-based one requires a change in attitudes and values.

This event will be facilitated by Cath Moulogo from Dolen Cymru with a presentation by Jon Sait from Trio Uganda.

This is a Fundraising Community of Practice meeting.

Who should attend?

Anyone based in Wales working on raising funds for international solidarity projects; their partner organisations overseas are also welcome.

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