Unearthing Community Wisdom: Patience, Perseverance, And Partnerships

Sharing an excerpt from the book Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Chapter 7 was authored by Thousand Currents’ Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Rajiv Khanna.

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In this new volume of 30 essays, 22 authors (including Thousand Currents’ executive director Rajasvini Bhansali and board member Sasha Rabsey) explore how responsive grantmaking, focused on grassroots wisdom and close connections, can make a lasting impact in the Global South.

To learn more (including how to purchase), see: www.smartrisks.org

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From Chapter 7: Unearthing community wisdom: Patience, perseverance, and partnerships

By Rajiv Khanna

It had been almost 15 years. The people of Chhaperiya village in the Indian state of Rajasthan were still working out how to manage a village-owned common pastureland. It seemed the process of building community unity had much in common with the region’s terrain – undulating, rocky, harsh, and cumbersome.

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