Hands On: Funding the Future (2002)

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    Anita Roddick

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    United Kingdom

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Looks at schemes that recognise the importance of granting funds directly to community-based initiatives. These funds get the money into the hands of local groups who know the area and can respond quickly, and loosen up the bureaucratic strings that tie conventional aid. Featured examples are: The Banco Palmeras, or Palm Bank, located in the Palmera District in the south of Fortaleza, Brazil, which was set up to provide micro-credit to families throughout the community by encouraging local economic development and community mobilisation. Funds from the Bank helped a group of former prostitutes to set up Palma Fashion, which makes and sells clothes in Palmera barrio. The City-Community Challenge Fund, or C3F, from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) aims to reduce poverty in urban neighbourhoods in developing countries by sponsoring small-scale community-driven projects. Tells how a local NGO in Zambia, Prison Fellowships, received funds from the C3F to rehabilitate prisoners by teaching them new skills whilst contributing to public amenities - the renovation of an overgrown park in the city of Ndola. The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is an initiative set up to give young people between the ages of 11-18 the ability to participate in the democratic process and a chance to express their views and concerns at the highest levels. Features the Paddington Youth Parliament (PYP), which it funds, and Gingerbread, an organisation for single parents, who applied to PYP for a grant to cover the rent of their meeting place. A welfare scheme set up by the Thai government to help the poor elderly, which enabled elderly citizens of Satun province to buy a rubber plantation and run it as a business. The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) of Karachi, Pakistan, a self-funded and self-managed grassroots movement begun in 1980, which relies on the skills and resources of urban poor to build their own sanitation schemes - a model that was followed more recently in Faisalabad.

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