The Development Group for Alternative Policies was founded in 1976 to assist in the promotion of economic justice across the South, or Third World, by helping to maximize control by poor communities and sectors over their own development in the face of impositions from the North. It was established on the principle of the right to self-determination and on the belief that local knowledge is indispensable to the shaping of sound development policies, programs and projects relevant to local needs and conditions. (more...)
In Memoriam. On 29 January 2015, The Development GAP and, indeed, all who care about social and economic justice, suffered a sad loss with the death of Bill Dyal. Founding President of the Inter-American Foundation, Bill put into practice his belief in the knowledge of the poor and their capacity to organize and shape their own development paths. In so doing, he helped lay the groundwork for the ever widening struggle for, and promotion of, consultation and participation in the development of economies around the globe. His efforts inspired the creation of The Development GAP, which he served subsequently as Board Chair. A man of vision, integrity, modesty, kindness and generosity, he should long remain a model and inspiration for all those dedicated to social change.
Information on these and other initiatives and endeavors in which The Development GAP has played a major role can be found in our Programmatic History and Program Documents.
The Development GAP wishes to express its appreciation to Daniel Hellinger for his work in creating the organization's new website.