• We see things differently

We know that designing aid & development programs that are technically sound is only half of the equation.

The other half is designing your program to fit the local context. That’s where we come in.

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Social
Protection

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Basic
Services

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Humanitarian
Aid

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Human
Rights

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Environment

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Livelihoods

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Market
Support

Mainstream view of Local Development

Access to
markets

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Control of
Natural Resources

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Employment
Norms

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Village
Councils

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Political
Parties

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ADR /
Customary Law

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Ethnic / Clan
Leadership

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Private
Sector

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Family /
Kinship Norms

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Religious
Leadership

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Custodianship
of Land / Water

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Difficult
Personalities

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Gender
Norms

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Local
Conflict

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Household
Economy

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Subsistence
Economy

How We See Local Development

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Our Story

Bridging Peoples is an international company, first registered in Timor-Leste in 2014, and in Singapore and Australia a few years later.

Bridging Peoples began as an experiment. The idea was to see if the principles of good community development and community engagement could be usefully applied to help larger NGOs and donors to improve their work and impact in local communities. And it worked.

Since then, we have gone from strength to strength, transforming from a small consulting outfit based in Timor-Leste to a global network of like-minded professionals, all committed to improving the impact of aid & development at the local level.

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Our Approach

Bridging Peoples works primarily through a network of in-country and international researchers & development professionals who are spread across the globe. This network is supported by a small core team.

Our networked approach gives us the best of both worlds, as we bring teams combining deep contextual knowledge with technical know-how. Even better: this approach allows us to stay nimble, responding and scaling to the needs of each individual project – with savings that we then pass onto our clients.

Our Team

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Director

Deborah Cummins

Deborah Cummins has a PhD on local governance and democratisation, and has been working as a local governance and community engagement specialist since 2005. During this time, she has worked in numerous countries, leading teams to provide research, monitoring & evaluation, policy analysis and program development support on a range of issues. She has published widely on issues of decentralisation, community engagement, local governance, livelihoods and markets, justice delivery and gender issues.

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Timor-Leste Country Coordinator

Eugénia da Costa Correia

Ms. Correia is a post-graduate in Peace & Conflict studies from the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL). She is a researcher, trainer and M&E specialist, with significant experience across a number of organisations including USAID, GIZ, CRS, Oxfam, Counterpart International, Peace Direct, Belun, and others. Her particular passion is in peace building, including how peace building principles can be applied to organisational development and conflict transformation. She is also the Executive Director of a research organization, focused on national history.

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Egypt Country Coordinator

Sarah Moharram

Sarah Moharram has an MA in Economic Change in the Arab Region, and has worked with different research institutes and NGOs since 2011. She brings strong quantitative and qualitative expertise, and has implemented and led numerous large projects, including monitoring and evaluation of projects being implemented in Syria, research projects on local market viability, and needs assessments. Her work has been across a variety of sectors, including education, FSL, WASH and capacity building for several INGOs, including Save the Children, People in Need, and World Vision. Her particular passion is working with more vulnerable sectors of the community, including children in need.

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