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Investigating the role of community organizations in advancing the early childhood development agenda: A case study of Nhaka Foundation Zimbabwe

Patrick Makokoro

Abstract


Local organizations may sometimes be deemed as ones that don’t know or have the requisite expertise to implement long lasting programs that leave an indelible impact on the communities. Furthermore, local organizations are able to clearly understand the challenges that local people face and therefore work to address these through inclusive community development processes that ensure that community members are involved and their “strengths” appreciated not only in the context of the project but in the well-being of the entire community. This case study looks at the Nhaka Foundation in Zimbabwe, founded in 2007 and working to implement ground up early childhood development (ECD) activities that have sustainability and local ownership as key anchors to programming.

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