About SEPO

About SEPO

SEPO Zambia is a federal 501(c)(3) and a registered non-profit in the state of Wisconsin dedicated to sustainability, education, and progress in western Zambia and northeastern Wisconsin.

Place-based Development Philosophy

For a long time, top-down, one-size-fits-all, non-participatory models of development have defined rural development programs in Zambia (and beyond). Contemporary conventional approaches increasingly include some role for local participation, but maintain a focus on specific sectors or issues (often determined prior to community consultation) and on one-size-fits-all models. SEPO Zambia is different.

SEPO Zambia is committed to place-based development, which recognizes that place matters – that geographical context is critical. Our place-based approach emphasizes the importance of contextual specificity to the process of development. This allows SEPO to integrate economic, environmental, social, cultural, historical, political, and institutional dynamics within our mission and projects. In remaining grounded in place (emplaced), SEPO seeks to reveal and enhance unique capacities in particular places.

To learn more about the people behind SEPO, check out our founding story and our board.

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