ERIC Number: ED458066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Partnerships: An Alternative Development Strategy. Inter-American Foundation 2000 in Review, October 1, 1999 to September 30, 2000.
Campbell, Duncan, Ed.
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent agency of the U.S. government, works in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote equitable, participatory, and sustainable self-help development by awarding grants directly to local organizations. Its principal strategy is to support public-private partnerships that mobilize local, national, and international resources for grassroots development. This annual report for 2000 summarizes IAF's grantmaking, evaluation, and dissemination activities; presents an in-depth analysis of partnership functions in 12 IAF-supported projects; and describes sample projects in various countries. The evaluation of 12 partnership projects in Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Bolivia found that successful partnerships generally did not have hierarchical structures or legal agreements but were flexible, evolving arrangements in which strong trust assured accountability. Evaluation results led to a new conceptual model of intersectoral partnerships that emphasizes service delivery, human resource development, resource mobilization, research and innovation, and public education and advocacy. In 2000, IAF awarded 48 new grants and 13 grant supplements totaling about $11.2 million. Most projects address food production and agriculture, business development and management, or education and training. Many projects involve indigenous communities. Educational activities include rural teacher education, agricultural and vocational education for adults and youths, community involvement in local schools, training in business and marketing, workshops on community development and leadership, and conservation training. (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Farmer Education, American Indian Education, Annual Reports, Community Development, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Grants, Indigenous Populations, Leadership Training, Nongovernmental Organizations, Program Descriptions, Rural Development, Technical Assistance, Training, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.iaf.gov/pubs.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Inter-American Foundation, Arlington, VA.