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Smart Risks

How small grants are helping to solve some of the world's biggest problems
Edited By Jennifer Lentfer,Tanya Cothran

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  • Synopsis
    As never before, international aid is in the hands of ordinary people. Concerned citizens in wealthy countries are starting philanthropy groups, joining giving circles, and travelling internationally to lend support. Yet, they are torn between the feelings that ‘something’ must be done about global poverty and that foreign assistance is creating dependency and fueling corruption overseas.

    A growing community of international small grant-makers know how to find and fund effective grassroots initiatives. Compared to donor-controlled, large-scale, project-based international aid funding, small grant-makers use the concept of ‘smart risks’ to build upon existing human and social capital and to make a lasting changes in people’s lives.

    Smart Risks brings together the wisdom of experts with wide-ranging experience within the development sector. Their contributions focus on five guiding question, such as ‘who is a smart risk?’ and ‘what is your role in smart risks?’ They include case studies, personal stories of lessons learned over time, provocative insights on power and privilege, and practical frameworks for choosing, investing in, and measuring the impact of grassroots organizations and movements.

    This book is essential reading for all those who wonder how their donations and work can make a difference in developing countries – from aid agency staff and policy makers, to globally engaged individuals.
  • Table of Contents
    Introduction
    Smart Risk #1: Investing in local expertise
    Making local to global connections
    Community resilience
    Peace begins at home
    Dedication, incentives, and what drives local leaders
    The real experts
    Respect at the core
    Smart Risk #2: Being non-prescriptive and flexible, with a
    long-term outlook
    Unearthing community wisdom
    When local leaders say, ‘Thanks but no thanks’
    Local leaders in the driver’s seat
    Leaving the room
    When small is too small
    Smart Risk #3: Looking to the grassroots for innovation
    Small grants as seed funding for entrepreneurs
    Grants, not loans
    Building accountability from the ground up in Liberia
    Out of the comfort zone
    Fruitful failures and the pull of curiosity
    What if we saw “mistakes” as fuel for innovation?
    Smart Risk #4: Rethinking accountability
    Charity rankers: Who is defining effectiveness?
    The solution within: Communities mitigate their own risks
    Does your financial report make people feel poor?
    What “real-time” community feedback can tell you that
    evaluations can’t
    Dusty sneakers, girls dorms, and challenging our assumptions
    Rigorous humility
    Smart Risk #5: Practicing vulnerability
    The Dissonance
    Uncomfortable conversations
    Ten rules for helping
    Whose capacity needs to be built?
    Questions to focus organizational learning for social change
    What happens when we listen?
    The Five Essential Qualities of Grassroots Grantmakers
    Conclusion
  • Details
    Sub Title How small grants are helping to solve some of the world's biggest problems
    Author No
    Editor Jennifer Lentfer,Tanya Cothran
    Number of Pages 186