We are here to help communities, donors and businesses design and implement sustainability goals and activities. Our team is ready to assist you with your project whatever its size.
Our fee-based services can help you reach your goals for community development, training in gender and youth inclusion, accessibility, service delivery and planning on a community basis. Our work always keeps a focus on relieving poverty and protecting the environment and local culture. We believe in creating new opportunities in rural communities by promoting entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking.
Our team has conducted basic introductions to sustainable tourism for local economic development government working groups, in-depth situational analyses, feasibility studies and strategic planning for the European Union in Turkey and independently in Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine in connection with the development of sustainable tourism initiatives.
There is no charge for an initial consultation and all our fees fall within our non-profit mandate which means they are structured to cover our costs and experts fees.
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SRDI can help you develop an integrated strategic plan that builds clarity and consensus for future success.
We tie together objectives with the actions and resources needed to reach the goals. Our own BSST Program is based on a systematic process that identifies the reality of the situation on the ground and uses that information for successful plan implementation. At the same time, our approach is flexible because the social, political and economic environments can change quickly, requiring adaptation to maintain a successful project.
For tourism development projects we understand that every location is unique and believe in the importance of a community based sustainable tourism program developed in a way that provides the greatest benefit to the local stakeholders while protecting the environment and preserving cultures for future generations. Tourism development is an effective tool for stimulating economic growth, alleviating poverty, conserving biodiversity, preserving culture and traditions, and creating employment opportunities for local communities - if done right.
We take a participatory approach in working with communities, soliciting opinions and suggestions from community representatives. Our approach is never top-down and we plan for organic economic growth by dealing with practical realities. The community is a major player in the design of a strategy and action plan that contains feasible goals. This is the only way, in our opinion, that sustainable results can be achieved.
Whether you donate to support our work to create better livelihoods or have your own project where you think we can help, our approach produces concrete results for rural communities and because it is not subject to unreasonable time constraints or rigid adherence to theory over practice, our work produces tangible results.
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The knowledge and experience levels in a community determine its member’s ability to effectively implement a plan to improve sustainability goals. SRDI helps to identify the gaps and weaknesses in a community so that an effective plan of action can be developed that improves capacity that results in practical, achievable results.
We do this in a series of steps that addresses capacities on three, interlinked dimensions: individuals, organizations and the enabling environment are parts of a whole. After an assessment of the overall capacity of a community or region, SRDI designs an implementation plan that enhances the knowledge and skills of individuals and whose work results can greatly rely on the performance of the organizations in which they work. The effectiveness of organizations is influenced by the enabling environment. Conversely, the environment is affected by organizations and the relationships between them.
SRDI’s approach is holistic and as in our strategic planning work, we take a participatory approach involving all community stakeholders.
Aside from our own social enterprise work, SRDI can provide the design and put into practice a wide array of sustainable programs whether it involves environmental, social or cultural initiatives. We know the importance of involving local stakeholders so that any plan is locally owned.
Rural areas are relatively isolated. This is one of the most important problems to resolve. It is not just physical isolation, but also social, economic and psychological which leads to migration to larger cities or even different countries to find new opportunities. Our approach is to improve connectivity and create economic opportunities that mitigate migration and keep youth in the affected area.
In our own work, we put internal and external connectivity and opportunity formation at the top of our agenda. We have brought together and formed information exchange and cooperation not only among communities in a single country, but with rural communities in neighboring regions. The government and businesses in the town of Azdavay, Turkey (pop. 2400) is connected for the first time with its counterparts in Hola Prystan, Ukraine (pop. 14,000). They share problems, ideas and solutions that are common across rural communities.
All our work to create sustainable communities considers economic, social and environmental aspects of development following the targets established by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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