“It completely changed how I see the world”



Hi there,

Today, on World Development Information Day, we want you to meet someone who is helping villages and communities across Africa ignite change from within.

Sasha Fisher grew up just blocks from the World Trade Center, and in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, found that her world wasn’t just physically altered, her perspective had shifted, too. “It completely changed how I see the world and my place in it.”

That moment proved to her the interconnectedness of our world—and led her to get involved in international affairs to make it a better place.

That’s why she started Spark MicroGrants and has worked with 150 communities across Africa to help them harness their own ideas on how to realize a better future for their children.

Like so many of our Fellows, Sasha is using unique strategies and tactics to empower communities to create long-term, positive change. Her organization was founded to address a persistent problem: that often development programs intended to lift up communities, wind up sidelining community voices.

Read on to learn more about Sasha’s work and get a glimpse into the life of one of our extraordinary Fellows.



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