The Nawaya Approach

Our way of doing things is not the typical project design and implement method. 


Instead, we believe in flexible working relationships that adapt to the evolving needs of  partner communities  over the long-term.

We start by working with rural communities to identify their priorities and needs, and then gather relevant solutions that have already been tested elsewhere so communities don't have to waste resources reinventing the wheel.


After, we connect individuals to groups of people who can collectively strengthen one another through shared visions, resources, and ideas. With these groups, we facilitate the co-creation of local prototypes - developing common agreements, strategies, budgets, and working structures.


Once a working prototype is in place, we help collectives identify resources that can help their project take shape, and then work closely with them to adapt, innovate, and solve challenges as they test their models on the ground.

Through a participatory process, all prototypes are continually assessed for impact by the communities themselves, giving them the power to determine quality and worth. Validated models are then finally curated into open-source and easily accessible resources – enabling rural communities to easily replicate these models for themselves regardless of who or where they are.

Our detailed approach is outlined below.

Storytelling bringing together people to share ideas, dreams, and experiences 

Conversations around alternative ways of collaborating and working together

Collective identification of needs, hopes, opportunities, and challenges 

Group processes bringing together diverse people to share knowledge, insights, and available resources

Existing solutions gathered from global networks responding to community priorities

Common agreements among local actors for shared values and collective action

Prototype design of a collective solution that brings together multiple ideas and models

Collective strategy development to plan for  implementation of local prototypes

Collaborative budgeting leveraging local resources and requests for external funding

Training in cooperative structures for inclusive, peer-to-peer working

Regular communication and reporting to share progress, challenges, and needs
Adaptive response mechanisms to identify  knowledge and resources to new needs

Continual processes of validation for relevance, viability, and impact of models

Analysis of successes, failures, and insights from prototyping process

Curation into accessible videos, illustrative guides, and educational games

Dissemination online and offline to farming families, social actors, and policymakers