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We help you to work better locally. How? We identify the specific contextual factors and local conditions that you need to meet, to make your program a success on the ground. Then we work with you to help you develop community-centred strategies to meet these local realities. We have worked extensively with local and international NGOs, the UN, governments and donors, supporting them in improving the impact of their work at the local level.


Something magical happens when people come together around a common cause or interest. Our network brings together a range of researchers, aid & development consultants and social change agents from around the world, to share knowledge, ideas and experience. The result? The best of both worlds: combining a deep understanding of local context with technical know-how and best practice principles & approaches across a range of fields.


The Bridging Peoples Academy is an online academy where we teach the fundamental principles and practices of good local development. Courses range from entry-level, to practical support & training for aid & development workers, to training for researchers & emerging academics. Some of the tools we share have been specifically developed by Bridging Peoples for use in our own work, and are not available outside the Academy.


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Discussing: Usikimye and addressing gender-based violence in Kenya

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Interview with: Brett Leavy
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