Lack of trust could hinder community support and development
September 13, 2012
A recently released study by the Bellagio Initiative revealed a lack of trust between communities and the organizations that can help them promote community improvement and development. The Human Well-being in the 21st Century: Meeting Challenges, Seizing Opportunities report explains that if this relationship isn't restored, initiatives could suffer, and it could become more challenging to tackle global issues and enhance human well-being, according to the Institute of Development Studies.
"Trust is one of the most basic qualities on which solid relationships are founded, but it has been eroded in the wake of the global crises that emerged in 2008. The real well-being challenge for the 21st century is … for us to find ways to live well together," said professor Allister McGregor, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and director of the Bellagio Initiative.
To correct this issue, the report explains that philanthropic organizations and other development agencies need to overcome their narrow scope for evaluating projects. In the current economy, many foundations are cutting back on contributions and choosing to support only the programs that can demonstrate measurable results. Groups that are looking to launch fundraising campaigns might benefit from non profit management
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