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Spark MicroGrants

New York, United States
Joined October 2017

Supporting villages to design and implement their own social impact projects.

Presence in: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda
Focus: Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods

Spark equips local governments, civil society organizations and NGOs with a tested approach and accompanying tools for activating villages to drive their own planning and development. Spark’s novel Village Strengthening Process enables remote villages to design and launch their own communal projects, from schools to farms. To date, over 160 communities in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana and DRC have completed this process.

At the heart of Spark’s approach are weekly meetings, in which women and men, young and old, sit together and plan for their community’s future. Each village democratically elects a leadership committee, defines communal goals, plans a project and establishes a village savings group. As a part of the process, villages receive a seed fund of up to 8,000 USD to make project ideas a reality.

Through this approach, Spark enables institutions to put resources and power directly into the hands of those they serve.

People Associated With This Organization

Chloe Tomlinson

United States  
Spark MicroGrants
Joined October 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Chloe serves as Strategy Director at Spark MicroGrants, where she’s worked with teams across Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to design an approach for strengthening local democracy and catalyzing ongoing collective action in remote rural villages. She led the development of Spark’s training program and expansion of the model to central and west Africa. She is passionate about opening opportunities for communities of all types to drive local change.
Chloe Tomlinson is the network champion (main point of contact) for Spark MicroGrants.

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