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Connected Development 

Strengthening international  

development through exchange 


Connected Development envisions a future  in which local communities are empowered to shape the development interventions that affect their lives. We believe international development cooperation can be more dynamic, equitable and, ultimately, more transformative


We engage with grassroots development organisations and donors based all over the world to unlock their potential. Through interaction and exchange, we enable them to create equal and sustainable partnerships with one another.


As our network grows, we are constantly learning more about the value of local knowledge in development approaches. We share insights into successful civil society initiatives with policymakers, practitioners, and the public.



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

Agency, Network and Platform


We specialise in providing comprehensive training and guidance to donor agencies and local development organisations, so that they can collaborate more effectively. 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 owned approaches with a wider audience, through talks, articles and engagement with relevant sections of the public. We aim for policymakers to build these approaches into larger development programmes



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13 local development organisations in 10 countries given guidance

21 internships completed in support of local development organisations

7 long term  partnerships initiated between donors and local development organisations

raised for local development programmes
through these new partnerships

9 public talks given on about the value of local knowledge in development 

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Managing Director

William has 15 years of leadership, consultancy and project management experience in international development. He has worked in managerial and advisory roles at the United Nations, international NGOs, and within the UK charity sector.  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.  The idea for Connected Development evolved from these experiences, and a desire to make international cooperation more effective.  

William lives in Cheltenham, UK 

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