From What is Wrong to What is Strong

From What is Wrong to What is Strong - Cormac Russell 

I heard this at a workshop I attended yesterday in New Delhi at the NGO SEEDS.
On the projection screen was a quote by Pablo Neruda - We must dream our way.

I was overjoyed to say the least. Why???
Because I did not expect to see SALT in action :-)

I was surprised because, in all my years in the development field, I have only encountered an obsession for the top-down approach be it from academics, institutions, NGOs, or consultants.

I was excited because I would no longer have to explain SALT to SEEDS. They are already practicing it in their work. (I am going to use a SALTY approach in my interventions with the work I am doing with them.) 

I was encouraged to see there are mainstream NGOs embracing an approach that will predominantly be associated with grassroots NGOs. 

Among other things, I learned about SEEDS work in the Karali slum of Dhaka. In their work, they are recognizing the strengths of the community first and foremost and building upon them. For example, Abdullah was growing vegetables in his shack and selling them to neighbors. SEEDS is working with him to develop an improved product and a business model whereby he can expand his reach beyond the slums to the nearby affluent communities. This initiative will not only impact Abdullah but many more who will now be part of his business. This effort is a wonderful example of how food insecurity can be transformed to nutrition security, malnutrition can be eradicated by healthy nutrition, and poverty can be overcome by livelihood diversification - all by recognizing what is strong.

Suffice to say, it was one of the best workshops I have ever attended - for a change I left feeling very optimistic. 


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Comment by Bono Sen on April 25, 2019 at 2:13pm

Not maybe, my current project is with SEEDS. :-)

Comment by Birgitta Schomaker on April 25, 2019 at 2:11pm

That must have been so refreshing and promising to find an organisation that believes in (and practices) a strengths-based approach! Maybe you can collaborate with SEEDS?

Comment by Jan Somers on March 4, 2019 at 7:42pm

Great ! And indeed we must not be blind to the many positive 'salty' approaches being applied without it being called SALT or CLCP. That is why we must continue to share and have our ears and eyes open for good practices around the world. 

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on February 16, 2019 at 9:01pm

Bono, thanks for sharing! So the question is how can we SALT facilitators learn from SEEDs? We can ask them what is their theory of change, what are their insights on participation? What is their way of working? What is their process so that communities can act on the issue? 

Comment by Autry Haynes on February 14, 2019 at 7:41pm

Great! People are SALTy in nature and the environment seeks out of them this inherent quality. I am happy that the natural SALTiness of the community has unearthed from you, your SALTiness. Go bravely Bono.

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