Our philosophy & approach
This short film explains the way our work engages with communities, encourages working together and learning from each other - and the philosophy that underpins it.
Intrinsic to the success of Excellent Development is the philosophy and approach we adopt in our work.
The start point is always a community and their defined problems and priorities.
The way of moving forward is genuine self-help development where communities invest their own time and efforts to achieve their goals.
The way to succeed is for communities to work together and learn together and achieve more because of it.
The end point is communities who have pride, independence and opportunity.
One of the watchwords of Excellent Development is that 'nothing come for free'. If you give free things to people you take away their dignity and you don't allow people to take ownership of their own lives - so we can't work in that way.
Simon Maddrell, Executive Director