"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime" - Lao Tzu
Local capacity building is key to reaching an integral sustainable development in rural as well as urban areas, and has therefore a central position in the work of both A company and A foundation.
An integral sustainable development responds to the objectives of better living conditions for the population, satisfying the needs of the present generation without compromising the opportunities for future generations. It is a dynamic multidimensional process that refers to cultural, social, political, economical, technical and environmental development.
The important idea to generate an integral sustainable development is approached conceptually as well as in practice regarding our work in the fields of vulnerable groups, sustainable urbanism, tourism, gender, micro financing, the use of information and communication technology, organic agriculture, energy efficient and bioclimatic construction.
Projects that benefited from (or contributed to) the research program range from self built housing projects like Sintiopia, urban slum improvement such as El Pochote, ICT projects like Red_DES, ICT 4 SED or Communication for Sustainable Rural Development, to Environmental Performance Management for Micro Financing and large scale territorial planning with a Bottom Up participation of the inhabitants such as P.N.S.G.A.M. in Costa Rica.
A Foundation (Marije van Lidth de Jeude and Oliver Schütte) with project specific support