Project Development and Implementation

We aim to develop and implement projects which are demand driven and have impact. The projects we have developed and implemented range from research, community projects, leadership and learning activities among others. The proposal development stage is a collaborative process, which is informed by studies or needs of stakeholders. Working closely with our partners, we determined the need, appropriateness, willingness and motivation for stakeholders to support and own the process.

Some of the principles which guide our project implementation is value for money, impact, adaptability, participatory problem solving, learning, involvement and collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure ownership and sustainability.

Example of one of our key approaches when engaging community members is the deployment of Innovation Platforms (IP). The innovation platform is a unique, participatory, inclusive, facilitated approach geared towards developing actors’ consensus and action on common or systemic challenges and opportunities. The core assumption in innovation systems thinking as we have applied across a number of projects, is that problems are essentially the result of institutional failures and/or inefficiencies. A functioning innovation platform works because it is a safe space for stakeholders to work together to solve industry problems. It is safe because it is facilitated and designed to build trust, honesty, and openness, encouraging and supporting the emergence of often deep-seated, complex, underlying issues and solutions to be co-created by the platform membership.

Examples of the AR4D projects we have supported include:

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