Conference report Participation, power and progress: Community development towards 2030 — our analysis, our actions World Community Development Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, June 25-27, 2018

The conference was a collaboration between Community Work Ireland, CWI, the International Association for Community Development, IACD, and the Department of Social Studies Maynooth University (http://www.wcdc2018.ie). The setting was the spectacular Maynooth University campus set in historic Maynooth town, Ireland’s only university town, in County Kildare. The conference organisers had done a splendid job of … Continue reading Conference report Participation, power and progress: Community development towards 2030 — our analysis, our actions World Community Development Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, June 25-27, 2018

Poverty in New Zealand

Abstract Poverty is an important socio-political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Children's Commissioner's Child Poverty Monitor has established the following measures of poverty: material hardship (where households income is less than 60% of the current median income). It was also identified that households in extreme poverty (including 80,000 children) are experiencing both material hardship … Continue reading Poverty in New Zealand

Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Abstract The volunteer tourism market now represents over $2 billion annually but its impact is not yet adequately understood. Studies that have considered the impacts of voluntourism on host communities have had some significant limitations as well as having very mixed findings, highlighting both the potential benefits but also the cost of this increasingly popular … Continue reading Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Placing youth in a volunteer framework

Abstract Volunteering Auckland faves an encouraging challenge: it has more youth volunteers than it has organisations willing to place them. As a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits find and maximise a volunteer base, Volunteering Auckland wants to discover what hinders and what might help organisations to effectively engage and retain volunteers between the ages of … Continue reading Placing youth in a volunteer framework

Engaging youth in community action research: A visual methods approach to HIV and AIDS awareness

Abstract Young people are amoung the most affected and vulnerable groups in the HIV epidemic. Targeting young people in prevention strategies requires inclusive and participatory appraoches. This paper discusses a film production project that involved youths in a remote rural community in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It explores some of the processes and … Continue reading Engaging youth in community action research: A visual methods approach to HIV and AIDS awareness