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Relevance to Innovation and Systems-Minded Funders

These developments match the increasing search within foundations and individual donors for more strategic and systematic approaches to funding development programs and projects [1]. The piece-meal approach is becoming less and less attractive because the problems refuse to go away as they are embedded in complex systemic causes that are rarely being addressed. Hence many of these piece-meal programs and projects do not really address the escalation of challenges to humanity and the planet.

This proposal seeks to maintain as well as intensify the momentum of the above successes. SEA’s volunteer efforts have helped power many of the above developments. SEA is seeking a necessary infusion of financial resources that would sustain the effort [2].

This proposal is ambitious. But it is born not out of arrogance, but rather on the inspiration of having engaged in complex sustainable development work in the past months, with outstanding success. If SEA helped facilitate the above results on the basis of volunteer time, what more could be achieved if SEA has a secure base of financial support.

With the focus of attention and energy that will result, and with the pipeline of sub-programs and projects being proposed, then Zarraga will continue to be the premier example of how a cluster of innovations, fueled by wide-ranging partnerships, can transform a very low-performing apathetic town in a premier example of inclusive, holistic, and integral sustainable development.

Bayawan City is a second-class component city in the 3rd Congressional District of the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. Bayawan became a chartered city in December 2000. It boasts its distinction as a “Character City” (International Association of Character Cities) and a pioneer “Healthy City” (DOH certified) in the Philippines. Recently, the Asian Institute of Management recognized the city as “one of the Top 10 Best Cities to Live In in the Philippines (Small Cities Category)” under its Competitive Cities Survey 2007.

 

The Municipality of Zarraga is a 4th class municipality in the Province of Iloilo. It is gearing up to be a sustainable town through organic agriculture and sustainable initiatives. It is headed by the Honorable Mayor John H. Tarrosa.

 

 


[1] See, for example, many of the articles that have appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review. See also the book, published in 2013 by the Harvard Business Review Press, entitled The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government and Social Enterprises are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems by William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan. Increasingly major foundations are seeking more holistic and systemic solutions to development challenges that continue to plague many societies around the world.
 
[2] See the discussion below on Goal #5 of SIAD 1.0 Program. It is concerned with the institutional strengthening and sustainability of SEA.