This profile was prepared when Hudson McComb was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Hudson is helping South African citizen organizations construct management plans and tap local resources through his Strategic Development Agency. The agency collects and shares best practices in project development and incubates projects until they have a solid, sustainable foundation. By facilitating networking, integration, and sharing of resources and information, Hudson's organization enables citizen organizations to avoid spending valuable time and money trying to develop processes that have already been successfully modeled and implemented by others. It also helps establish partnerships, train managers, generate venture capital, and develop sustainability strategies. While Hudson seeks donor funding to sustain his program, he intends to turn his work into what he calls "venture consultancy" and recoup the cost of SDA's time spent on a project once the project has become successful.