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Connected Development 

Promoting community-led 

development through exchange 


Connected Development actively promotes community ownership of interventions within the international development sector. By engaging with grassroots development actors over the long term, we help them to access the knowledge and skills to enter into equal and sustainable partnerships with international donors. Alongside this practical action, we advocate for locally led development by sharing this approach with policymakers, practitioners, and the public.


Our working model generates interactions between people in through three main routes: (1) as an Agency,by guiding donors to establish connections with local development agencies; (2) as a Network, by acting as hub for local development agencies to access resources and share knowledge with each other; and (3) as a Platform, by promoting community owned development approaches through visual stories shared with the wider public.    


Connected Development aims to introduce more innovative, dynamic, and cost-effective ways of conducting international development cooperation.  



Connected Development has three closely interlinked functions: Agency, Network and Platform


Connected Development conducts research and evaluations of local development agencies on behalf of donors, in order to enable them to establish mutually beneficial and collaborative partnerships. To date, we have initiated several long-term funding relationships through this method. All reports and project documentation received during this process is used to facilitate learning and development for other members within our network.  


Within its member network, Connected Development shares practical knowledge related to education, health, and livelihoods projects between organizations on a similar or parallel development trajectory. Most local development agencies have limited opportunities to learn from the experiences of counterparts in other regions or countries. We use these pooled resources to help each Member to communicate their work more effectively to international audiences. 


Connected Development actively promotes the work of local development agencies among the wider public. Visual Storytelling is the main method used used to share information by showing a different set of perspectives from those which are typically available in mainstream media. We emphasize the fact that sustainable development work starts with ideas and activities initiated locally, and upon which international collaboration can be built.  



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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

Over $332,103 raised by members through these new partnerships

5 public talks given on community-led development


“Thank you so much because without your help Kick Start Art would not have achieved success, such as launching the Chin State project in Myanmar.”

Program Director, Kick Start Art

"Lauriane has been doing a wonderful job, often going above and beyond expectations and the whole time being willing to help in any areas needed. I've been so impressed with the quality of her work and the model of e-interning."

Director, Teacher Focus



As part of our working model, we provide support to development projects through co-supervised internships with NGO members. We are always looking for motivated interns who seek to both learn about and make a direct contribution to grassroots international development work by working directly with one of our NGO members. 

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William works as a fundraising, philanthropy, and localisation 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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