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Vibrancy is strongly connected to diverse income generation potential within communities. One way of identifying income generation opportunities is through finding the Sweet Spot of Economic Development through a Hear, Create, Deliver (HCD) approach.

Vibrancy is strongly connected to diverse income generation potential within communities. One way of identifying income generation opportunities is through finding the Sweet Spot of Economic Development through a Hear, Create, Deliver (HCD) approach.

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Majid commented on The Sweet Spot of Economic Development

Hi Alicia:

You are 100% right! Although participation is a cross cutting theme of the above model, I should update the Concept to show how participation is reflected. Will try to think about this (God willing).

I also really appreciate your comment about other thematic causes of economic underdevelopment. It made me thing that there should be a series of models like this for each area Education, Health, Livelihoods, Infrastructure & Environment. As my personal area of specialization is income generation initiatives, I would invite specialists in Education, Health, Infrastructure and Environment to brainstorm how we could develop a clean and succinct models for each of these areas to be used in unison.

Regards.

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Majid commented on The Sweet Spot of Economic Development

Hi Megan:

Thanks for your comment and questions. They are important questions indeed. The organization I work for has been trying and testing various forms of participation from simple corner meeting style dialogues, to encouraging written proposals for various gaps and initiatives that the community is interested in addressing. Your question has led me to think about and document our observations.

The biggest incentive for communities that we saw was "Implementation." If dialogue and participation led to implementation of programs on the ground, the community was incentivized for the next round. For e.g. we engaged the community in a severely flood affected area of Punjab to discuss what kind of skills training programs could be introduced in the area. The first dialogues were slow and resistant, but when we arrived to some conclusions, along with the community's participation we implemented a Construction Skills Training program within a matter of weeks on the ground. When we went for the second round, to assess more potential trades, it was extremely smooth and the community took the lead role.

So to answer your question, what we've seen so far is that, "Implementation is the biggest incentive." Would love to hear if yourself or others have further observations on incentives for participation.

Thanks again.

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Majid commented on The Sweet Spot of Economic Development

Just read your profile for the first time! Dream job that's for sure!