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Ceremony in Venilale, Timor-Leste, 2008

Welcome to Bridging Peoples! I founded this organisation because I believe whole-heartedly that community-sensitive approaches to development can make development work better, and ultimately more satisfying. All of our work is focussed on promoting a single, basic idea: that development does not need to be introduced from ‘outside’, as part of a one-size-fits-all package. Drawing on significant research in multiple contexts, we firmly believe that the key to positive change lies in respect for diversity and culture – and that many of the keys to success can be found within communities themselves. We hope to be able to help you find ways of working with the unique attributes of the communities you engage with, while also getting the job done.