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CHAPTER 2. Sustainability in Developing Countries Innovation

DevXchange

Many service organizations work to help sustainability in our world, such as Rotary International (with over 1.2 members) and Rotary clubs (220 countries), as well as many other nonprofit organizations. Many leaders and managers are members of this organization, as I am, providing community service to improve quality of life in not only their communities but internationally. Microsoft India and Rotary International District 3010 in July 2014 signed a memorandum of understanding to provide Microsoft IT Academy Program in 150 Delhi NCR schools, covering over 150,000 students and 7,500 educators.[1] Another mission of Rotary is to eradicate polio worldwide.

DevXchange is a different type of organization that has made a difference in developing countries. This organization is one of volunteers, led by Bob Black, which prefers to work through “agents” or locally registered indigenous partners. This cuts down on its overhead costs, contributes to the sustainability of project interventions, and puts ownership and management of the project in the hands of those who best understand how to positively impact the lives of their own people.

Its mission is the following: “To help individuals and communities actualize just, peaceful and sustainable futures by facilitating innovative and effective interventions in developing countries, through a development exchange that contributes to the positive development of body, soul and spirit of both donor and recipient.”[2]

  • [1] For Rotary and Microsoft news, go to tech.firstpost.com /news-analysis/microsoft-india-rotary-international-district- partner-provide-technology-training-150-delhi-schools-226845.html.
  • [2] For more information on DevXchange and the Gumuz Agro Forestry Program go to devxchange.org.
 
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