Presentation on theme: "1 Project -Come up with an idea -Think about how your idea could be accepted by the developing world Bounce the idea off your Ethiopian/South African contacts."— Presentation transcript:
1 Project -Come up with an idea -Think about how your idea could be accepted by the developing world Bounce the idea off your Ethiopian/South African contacts Try to ask probing questions beyond is this good or bad Keep in mind that anything free that doesn’t hurt them is probably good -Think about how your idea could be incorporated into an economically viable, long term, self sufficient, possibly money making endeavor -How can the idea be tuned to make it appealing to the people. -Try to identify the “stake holders” Who will you need to contact to make this work? US Embassy, USAID, Local Woreda, Imam, Woreda Council, District, Region, Federal Ministries. -Assess if you really want to go with this idea or want to start over or modify the plan. Two Examples: Solar Energy for LightSolar Energy for Light (http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/bringing-solar-power-to-africas-poor/?_r=0)http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/bringing-solar-power-to-africas-poor/?_r=0 Algae for FoodAlgae for Food (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxSA5iiGgiY)
2 How to start a Successful NGO in 10 StepsHow to start a Successful NGO in 10 Steps (http://matadornetwork.com/change/how-to-start-a-successful-ngo-in-10-steps/) 1)Test the waters (try out your idea on your contacts) 2)How can your idea become self-sufficient (so it doesn’t depend on you)? 3)Set clear goals 4)Make a clear set of steps that you need to take to achieve the goal. 1)Money 2)Publicity 3)Technology 4)Applicability 5)Acceptability 5) Make a Website 6)Local Contacts 7)Assess Finances 8)Network (Don’t reinvent the wheel) 9)Make a realistic plan that you could achieve 10)Reevaluate Constantly Philos Energy Solar Lantern Project (http://www.philosenergy.org/Solar-Lantern-Program.html)
3 Check your idea against this: Just give money on NPR (http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=240590433&m=240686097) Give Directly (http://www.givedirectly.org/) Canadian Interview of GiveDirectly (http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/Lang+%26+O'Leary+Exchange/ID/2406210416/) Is your idea better than just giving money? Why and how?
4 Project Requirements (or needs): (Should have something to do with the sun) What is the problem that needs to be addressed. Background on problem or idea. What have other people done? Why hasn’t it worked? What is your idea. General concept and some specifics. Drawings of what it will look like. Where would you like to implement the idea? Need specifics. You need to use African counterparts to work this out. What is the budget, what is the cost per item, itemize what things will cost and when you need the funds. Where can you get money? Sketch out a plan to meet needs. How will you incorporate stakeholders? (Identify stakeholders) How will you measure progress? How could the project be assessed?
5 Energy for Opportunity (http://www.energyforopportunity.org/en/programmes/promoting-solar/) Solar Assembly Plant for African Villages (SAPFAV) (http://www.sapfav.com) Solar Powered Camel Clinic (http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-camel-clinics-carry-medicine-across-the-desert/)) Camel things More Camel Things Zara Solar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHgXR2cmVyA)
6 Think about unforeseen consequences: T Shirt TravelsT Shirt Travels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iDNtwVL4sw)