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More than the Poor Cousin? The emergence of community foundations as a new development paradigm

Hodgson, J., and Knight, B. (2010) Johannesburg, South Africa: Global Fund for Community Foundations

This paper seeks to document a significant development - the emergence over 15 years of community foundations in a range of diverse low and middle-income contexts from the Global South - from Brazil to Thailand and from South Africa to Azerbaijan. The evidence gathered from these foundations - admittedly a small group - points to the growing relevance of locally formulated community development. This marks a shift away from the top-down strategies of many government and international aid programmes towards 'people-led development'.

The sets out findings from a baseline study of 50 applications for grants from the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The paper uses information gained from the processes of assessing the grants to learn lessons about the state of the field, what it can contribute in terms of outcomes and impact, and hypotheses in taking forward work of this nature.

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