360° Village Innovations
"A New Way of Doing Things…"

360° Village Innovations empowers villages to identify their own needs, and to meet and sustain fulfillment of their needs by working together as a community.

360° Village Innovations Goals and Objectives

360° Village Innovations is innovative because it is both theoretically and practically founded on two fundamental ideas that are seldom applied in current development assistance efforts. First, aid and development assistance are not inherently beneficial to the target population; therefore, the GPHI takes all measures necessary to cause no harm, either directly or indirectly, in either the immediate or long term. Second, all populations, irrespective of their plight, have capacities and these capacities should be harnessed and strengthened to achieve long term sustainable change that not only produces positive results but prevents negative results (Anderson and Woodrow, 1989).

360° Village Innovations is a system of holistic long term support for communities experiencing hardship aimed at improving livelihoods. The initiative is composed of a variety of modules that lead to ideals identified by the community. 360° Village Innovations aims to provide ongoing and continuous consultation to communities until they are able to live a secure existence. Security is defined as the ability of the community to secure food, health care, education, environmental wellbeing, housing/shelter, personal safety, and attain growing economic means and access to technologies (i.e. development). 360° Village Innovations is not a short term solution, but rather an expansive support system, which ensures long term and sustainable success.

The various development areas in 360° Village Innovations include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic livelihood (Fair Trade, economic development)
  • Health care (access, prevention, treatment, follow-up)
  • Public health programs (Maternal and Child Health, immunizations, HIV/AIDS, chronic disease prevention)
  • Infrastructure (roads, water)
  • Housing and sanitation
  • Food security (agriculture, large food distribution systems)
  • Nutrition (malnutrition, obesity, prenatal, pediatric, chronic diseases)
  • Safety and violence prevention (small arms, gender-based, gangs)
  • Education (schools, curriculum development)
  • Recreational activities (sports, art)

GPHI staff conducts continuous evaluations throughout each project. Progress is monitored and the program's community impact is assessed. Internationally recognized and assessed methodologies are employed. The basic foundation tool employed for assessments is a profiling methodology that permits collecting data on how people live and uses it as a basis from which growth and change can be assessed (Millard, 2002).

GPHI's sustainable community capacity building model was developed by Dr. Ananda S. Millard. For more than a decade, Dr. Millard has worked in research and program implementation, including designing and implementing data collection tools. She is responsible for building capacity at the national level in more than 40 countries and has extensive experience working in conflict and post conflict zones in rural and urban environments. She has worked and published on numerous issues including Armed Violence, Gender Based Violence, Landmines, Child Soldiers, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration, and Livelihood Mappings. Dr. Millard has a Ph.D. in Post-Conflict Transformation, a Masters in Conflict Analysis and a B.A. in International Studies with a focus on Economy.