NABUUR in a nutshell
A 21st century approach
What makes NABUUR different? The method:
NABUUR leverages the internet to enable people around the world to connect and collaborate. Online volunteers (Neighbours) are matched to and linked with Local Communities (Villages) in developing countries through www.nabuur.com. The people living in the
Villages formulate projects to address local issues.
Together, the people and the Neighbours find solutions.
For Neighbours, the focus is not on donating money, but
on sharing knowledge, ideas and contacts. This novel
approach leaves the initiative in the hands of the Villages.
NABUUR combines the best of the old (neighbourly help) with the best of now (the internet).
Not only familiar results
Though the method is unique, the results seem familiar:
Dairy cooperatives are formed. Internet cafés opened.
Children are educated. Health clinics are built. Crops are
irrigated. Websites are launched. Income is generated.
The difference is that the work is done by a dedicated
network of online volunteers. That opens up new
perspectives for additional effects
But less costs
The NABUUR organization only hosts and facilitates the
process. This innovative approach reduces the costs and
time required to achieve results. Especially when the
numbers of Villages rise, the cost per project will fall.
And important additional effects
The NABUUR method is about empowerment. It is about
hands‐up instead of hand‐outs.
NABUUR stimulates, fosters and supports local problem solving capabilities. This contrasts with the approach
Villages are used to: write a proposal and then wait for
Through NABUUR, online volunteers transfer knowledge,
make contacts, scout resources, and share their expertise.
The local community and its representative (Local
Representative) get new solutions, a team of assistants
across the world, and tools, experience and confidence to
handle projects themselves.
The online volunteers (Neighbours) appreciate NABUUR
because they found the place to make a positive
difference, without leaving their homes and at a time
suiting them best.