An established Brazilian NGO, working together with the municipality of Sao Paulo, asked us to redesign the curriculum on public high schools. Based on the experiences in a yearlong project we designed a new working method to help these children finish school with a high degree of knowledge and grades. Thus providing them with more opportunities in their higher education. Main working method was that of integrating the questions ‘What are your dreams, what are your talents and what can you do about them?’ in the daily school environment..
In Cambodia, most practising homosexuals work as prostitutes, that has become part of their gender identity. We advised an international NGO operating in the field of STD and LTGB rights. Their question was how they could get the homosexuals in Phnom Penh to stop using prostitution as a way of life, thus stopping the spreading of STD and changing their self-image. We used qualitative research, and developed an intervention based on the social environment rather then information / prevention. This intervention was used for the gay community in Phnom Penh, resulting in an on-going dialogue within the gay community about gender identity and safe sex.
In the Netherlands, as in the whole west of Europe, the health care system for long-term care is unsustainable. Organizations for elderly have grown to a size that is no longer affordable, and are now looking for ways to reinvent their own way of organizing necessary care, using the informal support system as a base, and the professional support system only when necessary. On demand of a national elderly care organization, we helped them to reformulate their strategy as an organization, based on the questions in society, rather than just survive as an organization. This organization has found a new strategy, co-working with family neighbors and volunteers to contribute to the quality of life of elderly in the country. Next to reformulating their strategy, we helped organizing social interventions, through which the organization could add his professionalism to the informal care, instead of the other way around.
In Bangladesh, being homeless is related to different social topics as remigration due to floods, shortage of living space in Dhaka city, seasonal income in rural areas and poverty. We are working with the local government to deal with the complexity of the different groups and definitions of homeless. We use qualitative research, consultancy and an exchange platform to find new ways of coping. Thus getting a shared idea between government, expertise centers and NGO’s on the course to adapt, reinforcing each other.