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Ripples from the Zambezi
Author: Ernesto Sirolli

ISBN: 9780865713970
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1 April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0 x 1.2
After six years of economic development work in Zambia, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Algeria, and Somalia, Ernesto Sirolli witnessed how little most foreign aid programs were actually doing for the people they hoped to help -- from creating a communal tomato field on the banks of the Zambezi river (only to be demolished by the river's hippos at harvest time) to donating snowplows to African nations and passing out thousands of solar ovens to African tribes who only cook at night However well intentioned, Sirolli points out, inappropriate development often creates more problems than it solves. Thus was the genesis of this exciting alternative to traditional economic development which has been successfully implemented in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and in fourteen urban and rural communities in the US.

Based on the fundamental principles that 1) big, modern, and expensive is not necessarily the best solution; and 2) if people don't ask for help, leave them alone, Sirolli developed an innovative program to revitalize urban and rural economies, one person at a time. Through "Enterprise Facilitation, " depressed communities can build lasting hope and prosperity by first helping individ...

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