Case Study – Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health

Case Study - Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health The FRST programme "Mäori Community Goals for Enhancing Ecosystem Health" (FRST Contract TWWX0001) began in 1998. The programme evolved from a previous FRST-funded programme "Mäori values for land use planning" that ran from 1995 to 1998, and helped build collaborative research relationships with Ngati Porou. … Continue reading Case Study – Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health

‘A woman’s place…’: community-based approaches to gender-based violence in Malawi

One in five women has experienced gender-based violence (GBV) in Malawi and its incidence is reported to be increasing. The importance of cultural norms, practices, discourses and behaviours in both driving and addressing such violence is now well recognized. So too is the attendant need to involve men as well as women in community interventions … Continue reading ‘A woman’s place…’: community-based approaches to gender-based violence in Malawi

Learning through participation: towards defining adult learning in an African rural village context

This article analyses the studies of adult learning in Africa, where they exist, often draw uncritically on Western theoretical and methodological frameworks such as andragogy, experiential learning, and transformative learning. These frameworks are informed by individualistic conceptions of learners and learning, shaped by industrial and postindustrial political economy, liberal democratic politics and consumerist culture. Such … Continue reading Learning through participation: towards defining adult learning in an African rural village context

Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India

An important sub-discipline within the field of Communication and Social Change addresses how meaningful participation can be practically implemented. This article presents the case of an intervention developed by the NGO ‘Half the Sky Movement’ and reflects upon how participation took shape within a primarily top-down program model. The design of the project bridges traditional, … Continue reading Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India

Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history

Nearly 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia live in urban areas but cities often exclude and marginalise them. Urban planning and policy have been central to this, and the harms can be seen in key moments and processes that have shaped Australia’s urban environments. Today, Indigenous people continue to be seen … Continue reading Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history

A safe haven on the Nile: life in South Sudan’s Old Fangak – in pictures

Before civil war erupted, Old Fangak was home to about 5,000 people. But since December 2013, the remote town in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has become a refuge for people fleeing the fighting, swelling its numbers tenfold For Nyauargak Bap, coming to Old Fangak meant coming home. The mother of four was born here but … Continue reading A safe haven on the Nile: life in South Sudan’s Old Fangak – in pictures