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Oshede is an empowerment & support initiative to help people in developing regions of the world with assistance towards paying for post-secondary education or towards developing a sustainable income via a small business/ micro-enterprise.

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Who needs another education funding or poverty-reduction initiative when there are already so many to choose from? With Oshede you get:

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Few overheads

Unfortunately conventional charitable routes incur significant overheads which reduce the assistance a recipient receives. As an online portal with neither offices nor staff, our approach gives more of each donation to recipients.

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Fishing rod...

Research shows that education amongst other factors can help communities fight poverty. It's the old adage which says teach a man how to fish instead of giving him fish. Why then is it not more widely adopted?

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Direct Support

Our platform creates a direct link between a donor and a recipient. Although we provide general transacting guidance, a donor can deal directly with a recipient without our involvement if they so wish.

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Accountability

70 years of Foreign Aid has done little to lift the prospects of many third-world countries. In some places things have got worse.
We believe structured donations, monitoring and mentoring can change that.

How Oshede Works


Transparency simplified

Oshede creates a platform where donors can directly interact and sponsor someone in a disadvantaged part of the world either through a small donation or by giving them 'transformational' advice. Donors can see to whom or where their money will be donated, can verify that the funds have been invested as promised, and can communicate with the recipient if they so wish, including following up on progress made by the recipient via our website, directly, or through the recipient's profile page.

The reason behind this is to ensure that a larger proportion of donated funds are used to address the actual needs of people, as opposed to being wasted on overheads.

Monitoring & Follow-up

Instead of token contributions to a recipient, and then quickly moving off to another recipient, Oshede implements a structured follow-up program using technology. This means once a recipient receives help, there will be achievable milestones / targets carefully curated, which they will be expected to hit, before the next batch of assistance is released. If those milestones are not reached, and there are no good reasons for the failure, the help will be withdrawn, and assigned to someone else.

This approach will be a lot more effective than the largely broadbrush tick-box approach by some organisations - which focus too much on reporting numbers, with no follow-up or evaluation as to how effective the help has been, or if it has indeed achieved its intended purposes.

Power in Numbers

Utilising the power of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to address problems identified by recipients, Oshede aims to tap into a collaborative approach and the pooling of resouces to help pay for education and to tackle youth enemployment in deprived part of the world. Further, in terms of administration, it will take the form of working with everyone from students who are on a gap year to retired professionals looking for a new and excited challenge.

Working within communities, our members will further be encouraged to volunteer, research and contribute to a recipient, be it by sending online books, providing mentorship & advice from their own experiences, or by actions such as petitioning leaders, gate-keepers or a government to change policy so as to enable an important intervention.

Mentorship

The issues around poverty are rarely only about money. There is a large body of research that suggests that there are many other factors which affect people's economic and social outcomes in life.

By establishing a mentorship scheme to work with the help of technology, and which is instructed by local customs / tradition, we believe Oshede can help tackle some of the underlying problems holding young people back, helping Mentors to work with Mentees in mutual respect towards identification of root problems, and devising appropriate solutions to those problems.
These solutions can then be applied locally on a case by case basis to help other students achieve their educational outcomes, & to enable other micro-enterprises achieve sustainability.

Sustainability

Another unfortunate effect that has been well documented, is how a considerable number of donor-led projects flounder (or their effects are reversed) as soon as the aid partner and donor leave town. It means that the project wasn't fully embraced by the local community in which it was established.

Oshede aims to create a sustainable model in which people have ownership of projects within local communities. This will partly be done through fostering the creation of local cooperatives. Further each micro-enterprise recipient of a grant will be expected to donate to other new recipients at least 5 % of their profits in any two years within a 5 year period, and if possible such sums being over and above the grant which they received, in order to help other micro-enterprises get off the ground.

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Some of the evidence supporting our approach

...Michael Maren’s 1997 The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity, or William Easterly’s 2006 The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, or Dambisa Moyo’s 2009 Dead Aid), have pointed out that outsiders cannot “nation build,” that development must be led by the people in the poor countries themselves...

...A good examle is our NGO. Right now we are doing a project on Reproductive Health and Hygiene management, which according to our research doesn't have the greatest need, but it's what the international donor wants. Can I honestly say we are tackling a problem which will help Zambia in the short to long term, in say 5 years time? No. This is why we need local NGOs to generate their own resources sustainably, and undertake projects which address local needs.

... But the world of the 1960s is absolutely way different than the world of 2010 and beyond... In 1960's there was no civil society... There was no business community as such...so governemnt had to handle everything...Why are we pouring all this money through the government, and by doing that we are probably encouraging corruption in the government...

...The following year corrupt officials, businessmen and politicians pinched at least $30m from the Malawian treasury. A bureaucrat investigating the thefts was shot three times (he survived, somehow). Germany said it would help pay for an investigation; later, burglars raided the home of a German official and stole documents relating to the scandal...

...The limitations of thinking of development purely from a western-defined, economic growth-fuelled perspective are hard to ignore. Neoliberal development policies and approaches have resulted in economic, social, and environmental failures. Our global food system is broken, dominated by corporate-driven agricultural policies that push out small-scale farmers...

...Studies have shown that education has direct and indirect impacts on both economic growth and poverty. It provides skills that boost employment opportunities and incomes while helping to protect from socio-economic vulnerabilities. An equitable expansion of education is likely to reduce inequality, lifting the poorest from the bottom of the ladder....

For more articles / research evidence, please refer to the Knowledgebase section of our website.

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