- Over the past few years a new collaboration architecture has developed on the Internet, allowing individuals around the globe to connect and collaborate directly.
- The NABUUR site provides an element of that collaboration archictecture, i.e a trusted way for Local Communities to manifest themselves (connect) and to reach out to those willing to assist (collaborate).
- It is crucial to do this in a self-organizing manner, so that the number of Local Communities served, can grow without requiring an ever larger central office. It took many adaptations on the site, in the procedures and staff, but the website www.nabuur.com now stands ready to serve local communities and online volunteers al over the world. For free.
The NABUUR method has fostered empowerment, where the local community is in charge. Through NABUUR, online volunteers transfer knowledge, make contacts, scout resources, and share their expertise. The local community and its representatives receive new solutions, a team of (virtual) assistants from across the world, along with tools, experience and confidence to handle projects themselves. Most of these online volunteers are from India, Kenya, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
- Raised $1.3 million in funds and $1.1 million in in-kind support to date.
- NABUUR.com is now available to local communities in developing countries in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Community-members have direct access to online volunteers from over 100 countries that help them solve concrete problems such as building a school, developing new sources of income, creating a website, etc.
- NABUUR.com was selected as one of the 20 feature projects at the NetSquared Conference in San Jose (May 2007). During the conference, NABUUR.com received additional support from many institutions
- Rebuilt the website in the first quarter of 2007, in order to serve the committed, much larger number of local communities and online volunteers.
- To date, NABUUR.COM has connected 150 local communities in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America directly to 13,000 global citizens from 150 countries, allowing the local communities and global citizens to collaborate on solutions to local issues.
- This has led to dozens of local solutions, such as improved irrigation in Kagitumba, Rwanda, jobs for kids in Kootapuli, India, start of a trauma centre for violated women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, increased milk production in Menengai, Kenia, a computer centre in Jinja Central, Uganda, and marketing cooperation in Khaparapada, India, among others.