This is the second rendition of this topic within the Drupal Community, the first time I shared my experiences and journey in this context was at Drupal Camp Sofia, in Bulgaria in 2015. In many respects this is quite a circle for me, I have fond memories of attending a Drupal meet-up in Utrecht (long way from home in Kent!) in 2012, receiving a very warm welcome by the local community at OneShoe’s very eclectic offices and meeting the personality that is Michel. Continue reading
2017 was epic, turbulent, encouraging, phenomenal, hard, exciting, exploratory, reflective, transformative, fulfilling and a successful year for Peace Through Prosperity. Thanks to its incredible team, ambassadors and supporters. Thank you all.
2017 by numbers
- 9 month engagement in 11 marginalised areas of Karachi, Pakistan
- 304 male beneficiaries completed mini-MBA for micro-entrepreneurs
- across 5 separate trades*
- delivered average revenue growth: 10%
- average profitability growth: 108%
- and created 19 new jobs.
In real terms this translates to individual micro-entrepreneurs taking home an extra $142 per month. Their daily net (take home) income has grown from $4.4/day to $9.13/day. That’s not it! 19 unemployed individuals found jobs created by the growth experienced by the micro-entrepreneurs. An individual micro-entrepreneur and their immediate family benefited for sure, and so did their local community. Continue reading
Theses are not bold hashtags! six years on Peace Through Prosperity’s programs, team and beneficiaries have delivered exactly that. Its Fact not Fiction!
For the unfamiliar Peace Through Prosperity aims to stimulate growth of micro-businesses operating in vulnerable or underserved communities, particularly those affected by conflict and terrorism. Peace Through Prosperity set out to empower individuals and to prove to them that they themselves can affect positive change and progress, to build a better future for themselves, their family and community.
The approach also provides a counter narrative to social transformation than that peddled by extremist organisations.
Let me set the scene real quick!
- Peace Through Prosperity (BringPTP) brings its social transformation programs to Karachi. See this if you’re not familiar with BringPTP’s work.
- BringPTP set’s about building the delivery team for what is to be the largest engagement in what is and remains a very challenging engagement.
- Attempt 1 fails fast, and the delivery team is down to three! that reflection is for another post but it’s worth stating; for this program BringPTP hired MBAs, Tech and Social sciences graduates, of the seven hires all but one made the cut in the field, it was a brutal sprint and bloody retrospective!… and yes there was a lot of drama!
- Attempt 2 yields a team of 9 all potential (very rough) gems, all hired from within marginalized communities they are soon to engage. There are two team members with Higher Education qualifications, some have secondary schooling but others are only literate. None have ever been through any formal professional training of any sort or undertaken anything like this. Overall the team is hired on their street smarts, courage and a hunger for socio-economic transformation in their communities.
- The newly formed team’s training and coaching lasts for two weeks with key areas of focus being; BringPTP’s programs and Agility (Scrum), Majority of the training and coaching delivered was in the field itself.
- The team takes a cautious start to the project. There are many failures along the way, the team inspects, learns, adapts and keeps moving forward whilst delivering phenomenal, phenomenal results!
- The team isn’t quite self organizing yet, but they are well on their way!
This post started of as an email to Yashin Lin from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Yashin reached out for advise on applying agile practices in non-technical teams in the social/international development sector. This post is a guide I intend to keep building on, so do check back for updates or subscribe to be kept updated.
Introducing agility to teams, programs and organisations is less about selecting the appropriate agile framework and more about changing the culture, mindset of the teams and the organisation designing and delivering such programs of work.
Agile is a mindset, a worldview, not a set of how-to’s. However there are procedures and practices that teams in the development sector can borrow from Agile frameworks; Continue reading