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Connected Development 

Strengthening international  

development through exchange 


Connected Development aims to create a future where local communities are empowered to shape the development interventions that affect their lives. We want international development cooperation to become more dynamic, equitable and, ultimately, more transformative


We engage with both grassroots development actors and donors over the long term to unlock their potential. Through this work, we enable them to create equal and sustainable partnerships with one another.


Alongside this practical action, we advocate for locally led development by sharing insights from our network with policymakers, practitioners, and the public.



To achieve our objective, Connected Development has three closely interlinked functions:

we act as an Agency, a Network and a Platform


We specialise in providing comprehensive training and guidance to donor agencies and local development organisations to enable them to collaborate effectively with one another. This enables both parties to form sustainable partnerships and to strengthen their impact


We have built a network of local development organisations from across the world. We facilitate the sharing of practical knowledge between these organisations, helping them learn from one another, grow, and establish international connections


We share examples of our members' innovative, community-led approaches with a wider audience, through talks and 'insights' articles. We aim for these case studies to offer novel approaches for policymakers, so development programmes can be designed more effectively



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13 local development agencies in 10 countries given guidance

20 internships completed in support of local development agencies

5 long term financial partnerships initiated between donors and members

raised for community owned programmes
through these new partnerships

5 public talks given on community development approaches



As part of our platform, internships are frequently set up between our members and students from universities all around the world. Remote or in-person support can be extremely valuable for local development agencies that manage their programmes with few resources, while interns have the opportunity to make make a direct contribution to grassroots development work and learn a great deal in the process. 

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Managing Director

William works as an international development consultant for a range of Third Sector organisations, including grant making agencies and international NGOs. He previously held positions with the United Nations, as the Chief Executive of a UK charity and as the Director of a Vocational Training school.  Since 2009, William has lived in both Timor-Leste and Thailand, and travelled widely across the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia, engaging with NGOs, donors, social enterprises, and local communities.  He came up with the idea for Connected Development based on these experiences, and a desire to make international cooperation more effective.  

William currently lives in Cheltenham, UK 

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