5N2 Network represents a group of community builders and activists from around the World. Currently we are working with a variety of formal and community-based organizations in SE Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each of them is focused on the extreme poor or otherwise vulnerable communities. Their development goals range broadly – from health and agriculture, to fair trade, social justice and entrepreneurship. What we all share, is an appreciation for the values of “endogenous development”- community transformation from the “inside-out”.
We believe the most effective and sustainable development outcomes happen when the vision, ideas, assets and actions come from within the community itself. Financial capital can be an effective tool but can also foster dependency and contention. When we encourage poor communities to recognize what they have, and work collectively towards their shared goals, they develop “social capital” which is the foundation for robust and lasting developmental outcomes.
5N2 network takes a radical approach to fighting poverty whereby developmental outcomes are achieved with no material inputs into the community itself. By focusing on assets internal to the community (social, material, cognitive, physical, spiritual financial), we are able to achieve sustainable development outcomes that are envisioned and empowered by the local community itself…. without any external funding!
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