It is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 100th edition of Footsteps. What a milestone!
I first started working as Footsteps Editor in March 2015. During my initial training, one moment had a particular impact on me. My colleague Alice Keen (Footsteps Editor from 2011 to 2015) showed me the results of the survey she had carried out with Footsteps readers (see page 4). As I read about how Footsteps had helped bring change to readers’ communities, I was deeply moved.
Tchamouza in Togo wrote of how, thanks to Footsteps, his community were now growing and benefiting from five hundred moringa trees. Obed in Zambia related how people in his community had dug pit latrines and were now enjoying better health. Enoch in Nigeria shared the amazing news that a community had dropped their plans to avenge a cattle raid after reading Footsteps 92 on conflict and peace. Rufus in Pakistan told us how, inspired by Footsteps, a local group started training people to make fuel-efficient stoves. Reading through such stories, I saw the impact that Footsteps was having – and I was so excited to become a part of it.
We all feel encouraged to know our work is creating positive change. This issue looks at how this happens, and how we can measure it.
As well as celebrating the work of Footsteps, we try to answer questions about change such as: Where are we starting from (page 7)? How can we get genuine feedback from the people we serve (pages 10–11)? How can we accurately capture data about our projects (page 6)? And how does advocacy make a difference (pages 12–13)?
I hope you will find this edition an inspiration for your own work, and that you will continue enjoying Footsteps for many years to come.
Zoe Burden, Editor
PS We have recently welcomed Helen Gaw back to the editorial team. Our next edition, Footsteps 101, will be published in January 2017, in an all-new format.
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