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Review for Foundation for Sustainable Development, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

FSD is a way for young people to get field experience in development, though at a very high cost. But beyond that its model for development is inherently unsustainable due to the nature of short-term volunteer ad-hoc projects and limited experience of volunteers. In developing countries, it is very difficult to get a meaningful project started in the two or three months interns are typically placed with an organization. Often I find that projects are left unfulfilled or are, from the grander development standpoint, nothing more than student pet projects rather than addressing infrastructural problems. Local organizations I've found are often confused as to the role of the FSD intern working with them and don't utilize them fully.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Masaka, Uganda

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do something else. Not the most effective use of 10mn bucks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Setting up water solution/irrigation loan product.