Nora Lester Murad
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Nora Lester Murad
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To be happy in a happy community.
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My daughters
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I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team)
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Self determination in development

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 11:38pm 2 Comments

At Palestine's community foundation, which I co-founded, we innovated a process called, "Community-controlled grantmaking." We believed that funding belonged to the community already, so since we weren't donors (it wasn't our money), our job was only to ensure a process that was transparent, democratic and accountable. The decision about how to use funds belonged to the community for which they were intended. So they voted (there's a process here) and monitored the grants and the grantees…


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At 11:22pm on May 22, 2017, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Dear Nora,

Welcome to Community Life Competence! 

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