"If the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail." - Abraham Maslow
Toolkits, otherwise known as manuals or how-to guides, help international and community development practitioners to improve the services that they provide to specific populations, by providing information, practical strategies, best practices, and access to further resources.
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RATIONALE: Globalhood has identified that there is no comprehensive or centralized repository of toolkits for the development field, and that it is therefore imperative to produce and maintain one, in order to ensure that these valuable resources are being utilized to their fullest potential. Various United Nations Agencies, Inter-governmental, Governmental, and Non Governmental Organizations have expended significant resources in terms of time, money, and staff or consultancy assignments, towards the creation of thousands of such toolkits. While these toolkits do help these organizations and the others with whom they are shared, to implement policies and to develop strategies for the improved accomplishment of their missions, the extent to which they are readily available to the public is highly limited, and therefore their potential remains unrealized.
THE GLOBALHOOD REPOSITORY OF TOOLKITS: Globalhood seeks to improve international development by facilitating access to these toolkits. The Globalhood Repository of Toolkits is an online link-based collection of information, resources, and advice. Every toolkit within our repository is a guideline, along subject areas, regarding specific project activities or a particular phase of a project. Our aim in presenting each toolkit is to provide sector practitioners and policy and decision-makers access to information on current trends and knowledge gained from past experience. Users can then create or improve strategies for addressing challenges using the information contained within the toolkit.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH: On many occasions, organizations work to address a particular development challenge solely with the expertise of their own discipline, be it health, economics, environmental conservation, or others. By having a centralized online location to access these toolkits, Globalhood will be enabling organizations, or even local populations, at no cost to themselves, to access the best practices, step-by-step strategies, and expertise from across different disciplines and professions, in order to take integrated approaches to the challenges they are addressing. Globalhood prioritizes a multidisciplinary approach, and as such the Repository draws appropriately from across multiple disciplines to define and apply new ways of understanding and approaching the complex situations that development practitioners deal with.
HOW IT WORKS: The Repository of Toolkits is arranged, and searchable, by title, topic, subject, discipline, and geographic area of concentration. The Repository is located in an online database, accessible through the Globalhood website (http://globalhood.org/toolkits.html). It is easy to use, and allows researchers, lecturers, librarians, project developers, organizations, entrepreneurs, managers, and others to access links to gain a better understanding of strategies for dealing with specific issues in development.