Country-led development based on sustained impacts data is key to success.

Valuing Voices means listening to stakeholders and collaboratively identifying what actual impact measures should be.

We need to use and learn from compelling sustained outcomes and impacts evidence.

Our projects catalyze in-country change, but we need to learn what works over the long-term, what doesn’t, and how to fund, design, implement, track, and maintain sustained results based on accurate information.

Now, why can Valuing Voices help you measure (monitor and evaluate) impacts?  Because we have spent decades out in the field in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. Lessons abound about what supports sustainable agriculture, credit, health, education, safety nets, environment…

With sustained impacts results, we learn what to invest in that could be sustained over the long-term. What worked best? What should we never fund and implement again? 

Based on Valuing Voices’ research:

  1. How much? $5 trillion of global aid by the top bilateral government donors over 30 years is unevaluated for long-term impacts; another $7 trillion in impact investing is starting, yet rarely is it informed with data about the likelihood of continuing after the funding ends.
  2. Global development aid evaluates only 1% of all projects after they close because the incentives currently reward only short-term results by donors, not all stakeholders.

We need to:

  • Upend the development model toward sustained impacts, funding what lasts and redesigning what failed
  • Learn from what communities and countries have financially sustained themselves and bring those lessons from SDGs, public donors, foundations and investors
  • Prioritize funding and design of what has excellent, locally sustained impacts that must ultimately be both beneficial to ‘us’ and country-led for ‘them’.

We need to Value Voices of all stakeholders for global well-being based on local growth to really take off.  Read the blog and hire us to help you technically, advocate for change, invite us to speak, let’s collaborate to put our true clients, our participants, front and center in ‘development’.

What can we do together to keep the change going?

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