The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR, http://www.iirr.org), is a not for profit capacity development organization. IIRR has its roots in the rural reconstruction movement and has over 80 years of grassroots experience working in people-centered, sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Africa, IIRR has country offices and supports field projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan. We reach the rest of Africa through the outreach sub-program. IIRR has three program levels: 1) Micro level: Learning Community Centers are located in a given rural geographical area. The program supports grass root community organization to implement education basic programs, value chain and enterprise initiatives while carry out action research and building and testing models; 2) Mezzo level: the strategic capacity builders program where IIRR partners with international development organizations to build capacity of their local implementing partner NGOs and Government departments. Programs include: Disaster Risk Reduction partnership with Cordaid, Social Economic and Social Empowerment of Youth with Netherlands Embassy among others. 3) Macro level program: Institutional Development or Outreach program that provides demand led services such as trainings, documentation and knowledge management and sharing, sale of development publications and technical assistance. For more information log on to: (http://www.iirr.org)
IIRR Credo: "Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, work with them, start with what they know, build on what they have, teach by showing, learn by doing, not a showcase but a pattern, not odds and ends but a system, not piecemeal but an integrated approach, not to conform but to transform, not relief but release"
Business Minds Africa contact person at IIRR: Rahab Ngumba-Njoroge (Ms.), Kenya Country Director, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Africa Regional centre