EXCELLENCE IN OUR DELIVERY
We want to enhance the capacity and effective-ness of organisations and stakeholders involved in working in the field of community development and social change. We want to ensure that relevant infrastructure, management and systems are in place to achieve quality, best practice and excel-lence in our delivery and accountability to all stakeholders. We wish to also make ourselves av-ailable to other community development-oriented organisations who serve our people by strengthening and developing their own internal and external ca-pabilities and capacities through judicious use of 21st Century technologies.
This is the Foundation’s vision for the very near future.
The Foundation is now looking for funding support, money which it does not yet have, to cover expenses that include investments in ICT. It wishes to create the required organisational infrastructure and thereafter, introduce and implement innovative user-centric solutions that allow the Foundation and its partners in community development to function optimally for today and the future and then bring those solutions to benefit other community-based organisations as downstream beneficiaries until more individuals in communities they all serve become participants and users themselves.
The Foundation plans to embark on this activity today principally by commis-sioning the specification, development, construction, testing and completion of several ICT-based systems.
These system involve several types of automated work functions and ones which cover work activities common to all organisations – modern technologies capable of handling such things as detaining, storing, organising, retrieving, manipulating, displaying, disseminating or broadcasting information in accord-ance with an organisation’s purposes and objectives.
To do this, the Foundation needs to build itself up as a knowledge-based or-ganisation and then eventually take that paradigm and broaden its footprint further out into the community at large.
MEETING LOCAL PRIORITIES
Our modern world presents many challenges that cannot be met by central or local governments acting alone. Broadband access is now a prerequisite of so-cial and economic inclusion. To address these challenges effectively, it is be-coming clear to many that harnessing and combining the energy, ideas, inno-vation, and resources of people living in local communities is the way to go.
Over the past 10 years, we’ve observed that local councils throughout New Zealand have in some ways improved the quality of services they offer families in communities. But even then, we need to move on to the next logical stage in that process – cultivating the intrinsic power that communities hold in and by themselves. It is a powerful force waiting to be unleashed, developed and made productive. It is one capable of solving real needs because it mirrors their actual priorities.
It is through this path of engagement and participation that we strengthen local democracy.