Thanks for your suggestion and question. I created an Actors Map and will be adding it to the files in our submission. I used this video as a guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KETAUaiYIsU. Given the diverse stakeholders and beneficiaries, I create 2 maps, one for beneficiaries and one for the road construction and maintenance process itself.
On your question about a government partnership, that is exactly the answer. To get there is where the situation gets complex. In summary, the government has asked for longer term evidence to convince the community that this is the right shift. The BridgeBuilder grant would enable us to implement longer term projects to show local individuals first hand of the impact to daily life. Collecting longitudinal impact data would also help unlock larger donor/World Bank funding.
Getting into the details, our system shifts standards to focus on accessibility and passable whereas the sentiment today is to produce high quality dirt and paved/asphalt roads where there is the “ribbon cutting opening” to generate positive PR. For a local villager, it would seem like things are stuck in the past since paved roads are logically the next step in progress. A BridgeBuilder project we would bridge the divide and give tangible life improvements in jobs, lower transportation costs, and higher farming income.
The Murang’a government contributed in kind to the 2 projects we completed. Over this larger project, part of project planning will be negotiating to grow their resource contribution. Over the long term, it would be a seamless shift of their resources in the system since they will have already allocated some resources and seen how the system works first hand.