English information


For those of you who don’t speak Dutch, we will shortly explain our project in English. 

Over the last ten years, thousands of private development initiatives were started by the Dutch. Starting your own, small scale development project, why would you do that? We are tremendously intrigued by that question. That’s why we are going to look for the answer.

What motivates Evelien to leave her friends and family behind to start a farm in a remote area in Kenya? And what drives so many other people who’ve taken a similar decision? What are they going to do in Burundi with the bakery equipment Anton will ship there shortly? And how is the other 35 million euro spent that the Dutch give to small charities every year?

How we intend to answer these questions

To find the answers, we will travel to East-Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi) and visit many private development initiatives between February and May. We will speak with the founders of these projects, their local partners and we will observe what they are doing and how these projects are run.

Route Africa

The route we intend to follow and the initiatives we ‘re likely going to visit.

What we are aiming for

Our goal is to give a deep insight in small scale development work. We want to show who the people are behind these initiatives, what impact their work has on people, including themselves, and what lessons have been learned. Is what these people are doing complete madness, or is it madness not to be doing something like this?

An unique book about small scale development work

To share our insights with the world, we will be writing articles for news media and websites. Besides we will publish the fascinating stories about these initiatives in a book. This book is for sale during this crowdfunding campaign. If you order this book (you will find more about this below), you will receive a hard copy in Dutch and an English version in PDF. However, if we receive 6000+ euro in funding, we will also make an English hardcopy of the book and you will receive this instead of the Dutch version.

How to buy the book

On the homepage, you find our reward scheme on the right side of te page. To order a book, you can either choose:

  • Reader (1 book + English PDF, 30 euro, incl. international shipping)
  • English Fan (2 books + English PDF, 55 euro, incl. international shipping)
  • Promotor (5 books + English PDF, 130 euro, incl. international shipping)
  • Big Promotor (10 books + English PDF, 250 euro, incl. international shipping)

You can either pay with PayPal or creditcard.

Why we need your help

As you can imagine, spending four months in Africa to find out everything there’s to know about private initiatives, is a huge undertaking. To make sure we won’t be completely broke by the time we get back, we need to do more than sell articles to papers and magazines alone. Your help is of vital importance to us, if you want us to tell you what private initiatives are truly about.

Other things you can do

1. Back our articles

Some of the articles we will be writing, are going to be published on the amazing platform Contributoria (which is part of the UK newspaper The Guardian). To ensure our articles get published, we need your votes.

Thank you so much!

2. Share our story

We know many people involved or interested in private development initiatives. We’re sure you do too. Please tell them about this project so they can decide if they want to support us or not.

3. Subscribe to our English newsletter

The most important thing about this project is that we want to show as many people as possible what small scale development work is truly about. By subscribing to our newsletter, we will regularly share stories with you and inform you about our progress. To sign up, please fill in your details below:

About us


Guido Castagna (31)

“As a journalist I want to show that there are many sides to every story. I feel very inspired by the constructive journalism movement: in every crisis, there’s also hope and inspiration. Traditional  journalism tends to focus on the crisis alone, making people feel depressed and disappointed. There’s something vital missing in these stories. Something vital that constructive journalism adds, without sacrificing fundamental journalistic principals and a critical attitude.”

Maaike Jonker (29)

“My first contact with small scale development work was in Nepal, where I worked as a volunteer  in an orphanage when I was 18 years old. While there, many questions arose about my being there and the project I was working for. Nowadays I have a master degree in Humanitarian action and I’ve worked for organizations in Uganda and Liberia. I believe there’s a lot to be told about small scale development work. That’s why I believe this project is of the utmost importance.”

If you have any questions, please contact us by using the form below or call us on +31 (0) 6 397 754 91.

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