Grassroots Community Engagement
The Ford Program promotes a holistic model for human development. We partner with local institutions to better understand the complex and interrelated issues affecting the development process—and together turn that knowledge into action.
We also work with local communities to integrate lessons from research into the design and implementation of innovative solutions that expand opportunities for people burdened by poverty. In engaging with our partners in developing settings, we recognize that local leadership must drive project planning and implementation, and that community ownership is the cornerstone of sustainability.
With programs in Uganda and Kenya, we are working in partnership with universities and local communities to make a positive, measurable, and sustainable difference in people’s lives. We design community development projects, research efforts, and learning opportunities in dialogue with local people to ensure they address their community’s priorities and challenges.