The most severe human needs throughout the globe are too complex to solve in isolation.
Historically, non-profits and non-governmental organizations have worked separately to treat poverty, disease and oppression. Most often these groups pursue their goals independently by focusing on a particular area of health, human services or development within a defined neighborhood, village or pueblo in need. The impact is good and it does promote change on certain levels, mostly in lives of individuals directly affected by the strategy or approach, but rarely does it reach down deep enough to penetrate the structures of poverty that affect the masses.
Imani Bridges has concluded that to raise the threshold of the quality of life for the global poor, and provide sustainable integrated solutions, the strategy must embrace collaboration.
That is, collective impact – each individual and organization doing their part and providing their unique contribution, and working in collaborative partnership to transform lives and build healthy communities. This collaboration will include a collection of local Nigerian faith-based organizations, and NGO’s, as well as a collection of organizations based in the United States.