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Women's Earth Alliance: International Development through Collaboration

Nominated by Britt Bravo

I'd like to give my attention grant to Women's Earth Alliance. Three years ago I posted an interview on Worldchanging with Melinda Kramer about Women's Global Green Action Network. Since then, the organization has transformed into Women's Earth Alliance (WEA), and is being led by Co-Directors, Kramer and Amira Diamond.

After interviewing Kramer and Diamond recently for the Big Vision Podcast (transcript available here), and going to their Women and Water event in March, I've become increasingly impressed with how they are trying to do international development work differently. As Kramer said during our interview,

"To us, it's really about collaboration. It simply doesn't work to stay in your silo, and to grab hold of your mission statement and work alone. There is something really exciting about looking at every juncture for how we can work together, and pool our knowledge and our ability to open doors. We are in the business of door opening, and it's really exciting."

To get a real feel for WEA's work, watch this video about their West African Women and Water training program during your coffee, or lunch break today. I promise you'll feel inspired:

2010 West African Women & Water Training Program from Unseen Pictures on Vimeo.

Britt Bravo is a writer specializing in stories about individuals and organizations who are creating social change.

Editor's Note: This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention Philanthropy campaign. All week long, the Worldchanging Network will be delivering "attention grants" to worthy projects, individuals, resources and more. You can learn more about these gifts of notice and find other entries by clicking here.

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