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Beyond Poverty is a non-profit organization working in developing nations to help empower communities to holistically address the barriers impeding their escape from poverty. By empowering local leaders to be the agents of sustainable transformation within their own community, Beyond Poverty maintains the dignity of those their work benefits. Founded in 2009, Beyond Poverty seeks a greater awareness of sustainable development practices within the community of development nonprofits.


Stephen Dupuis and Matthew Turner started the 501(c)(3)Non-profit Defythirst in 2009. After several successful water projects in Ecuador and Ghana, they saw that the populations they served with clean water continued to struggle with other burdens of poverty and shifted focus, renaming the nonprofit Beyond Poverty and approaching development in a sustainable and holistic manner. Stephen Dupuis has a degree in Media and Communications from Valdosta State University. Matthew Turner has a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health and Development from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia.

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Beyond Poverty utilizes a holistic approach to community development mixed with public health initiatives rather than focusing on a single development sector. This is based in the view of poverty as a complex issue resulting from many interacting factors,[1] therefore requiring a complex approach to reduce. Development research shows that combining multiple sectors of development with health initiatives is the most effective method[2][3][4]

In addition to the holistic approach, Beyond Poverty utilizes a community ownership approach to project design, giving local leaders full control over projects. This approach is more effective and leads to more sustained impact than traditional community development approaches that leave project design and management in the hands of nonprofits, churches, NGOs, or government institutions.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


  1. BRAC. (2009, March). Pathways Out of Extreme Poverty: Findings from Round I Survey of CFPR Phase II. Dhaka, Bangladesh: BRAC, Research and Evaluation Division.
  2. Arole, M., & Arole, R. (2003). Jamkhed, A Comprehensive Rural Health Project (2nd ed.). Maharashtra, India: Comprehensive Rural Health Project. p 83.
  3. Chowdhury, A., & Sattar, M. (2005). Building governance for fighting poverty: Role of NGOs in Bangladesh In: Sudhakar Rao (ed), Guidelines for good governance. Dhaka, Bangladesh: BRAC, Research and Evaluation Division.
  4. Kjærgård, B., Land, B., & Pedersen, K. B. (2013, January 8). Health and Sustainability. Health Promotion International. Retrieved from doi: 10.1093/heapro/das071
  5. Khwaja, A. (2002). Can good projects succeed in bad communities? Collective action in the Himalayas. Collective Action in the Himalayas (March 2001). John F. Kennedy School of Government Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP01-043.
  6. Chowdhury, A. M. R., & Bhuiya, A. (2004). The Wider Impacts of BRAC Poverty Alleviation Programme in Bangladesh. Journal of International Development, 16(3), 369-386.
  7. Tana, S. (2012). Building and analyzing an innovative community-centered dengue-ecosystem management intervention in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Pathogens and global health, 106(8), 469-478.
  8. Leffers, J., & Mitchell, E. (2011). Conceptual model for partnership and sustainability in global health. Public Health Nursing, 28(1), 91-102.
  9. Israr, S. M., & Islam, A. (2006). Good governance and sustainability: a case study from Pakistan. The International journal of health planning and management, 21(4), 313-325.
  10. Chen, E. K., Reid, M. C., Parker, S. J., & Pillemer, K. (2013). Tailoring Evidence-Based Interventions for New Populations: A Method for Program Adaptation Through Community Engagement. Evaluation & the Health Professions. 36(1): 73–92.

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