Co-founder Pamela McLean’s initial relationship with John Dada (the other co-founder) was when she was looking for help with a small community information project she had become involved with in Southern Nigeria, through a Nigerian friend.

After an initial visit, she began working from the UK; using the internet to look for research, support and advice on how to help the people she was getting to know. She couldn’t find a way in - there seemed to be no connecting point with the established international development community for a small organisation like the one she was representing.

In all her online searching and networking, John was the only one she found that helped in a practical way.

John Dada who has, over the last two decades made Fantsuam Foundation what it is - which is to say, a model of integrated community development in North Central Nigeria, and also a lead organisation in the use of Information Technology for Development.

So when Pam needed help from the International Development community for a tiny project in Nigeria - she got nothing, until she connected with John at another small community project in Nigeria!

This connection is at the heart of DadaMac - that it is about information exchange, and that, for DadaMac, there is no difference in value whether the information originates in the developed or the developing world.

The reason we’re different is the fact that from the beginning, this has been a project about information exchange, about the equal value of information from both sides - about the value that comes from combining this information, not about delivery from a privileged position to an underprivileged one.

For John and Pam, this exchange has always been an equal respect collaboration, about learning from each other, generating value at both ends of the exchange, about making things happen.

This information exchange is powered by developing technology, the ability of which increases exponentially. DadaMac seems to have been an early recogniser of the reality of what is possible with this technology - of the possibility of avoiding the top-down, hierarchical, us and them nature of much International Development work.