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Thanks Samantha for your question. We had the same thought! We would love to work with the marginalized Rohingya community if we move forward to the next stage. We still need to do some in-field assessments, but it would certainly be a good way to add the "peace" element into this project!

Amelia,

Great question! In iDE's view the traditional model of development (the second option you referenced) has not been working. We use a Human Centered Design approach to development was means we work alongside local communities to help them address their challenges. While we might provide technical expertise and have worked in Bangladesh for many years, we do not claim to have the answers. We empower people to solve their own issues by using the HCD framework and presenting options. For more on HCD - https://medium.com/dc-design/what-is-human-centered-design-6711c09e2779.

I hope that answered your question. Happy to chat more!

United for Hope,

Thank you for the great questions! We have been engaged with small holder farmers in rural Bangladesh for many years. We work with them to maintain and grow their farming yield. Because land in Bangladesh is hard to come by being such a wet country, local communities often struggle to share land with farmers. One way we hope to bring more peace and harmony to these strained relationships is by providing access to energy to both the local off-grid communities and the farmers.

Furthermore, a major cause of strain in these rural areas is unemployment. Our project will create jobs for local entrepreneurs and farmers alike. To learn even more about our current work with these communities, please watch the video on our proposal. We are quite proud of the work we have done so far and hope to use this challenge to take it to the next level.

Best wishes!