The Andean Alliance (AASD) exists to raise the standard of living for indigenous Peruvians in high altitude communities. All projects – including our flagship greenhouse program – address a specific community need and are designed to be educational, collaborative, and participatory. We work closely with graduate students in a wide range of development studies and offer them an opportunity to incorporate AASD programmatic needs into their curriculum, allowing for a transformative, immersive learning experience.
The fundamental difference between the AASD and other NGOs is that we use the collective intelligence of stakeholders and scholars to address the unique needs of each community. Many other NGOs rely on a “one-size fits all” approach, which could in turn lead to unsuccessful projects. AASD defines success through impact, and our projects are both successful and sustainable because we remain accountable to the unique needs of each community.
The AASD uses innovative solutions to alleviate the effects of poverty, marginalization, and social injustices that hinder community development and well-being. We connect motivated change agents and resources to design informed solutions to address the local problems in the highlands of Peru. We engage other social change organizations to build capacity and foster collaboration. We also partner with graduate institutions to maintain an innovative approach. Most importantly, the AASD works alongside indigenous communities to facilitate the realization of a healthy and prosperous future.