Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations.

Executive Summary The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan. PROPEL provided material improvements in the lives of community members and at the same time strengthened the communities’ … Continue reading Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations.

‘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

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

Cultural Interpretation of Dying and Death in a Non-Western Society: The Case of Nigeria

Abstract Using Western theories and perspectives as models, this chapter discusses the cultural interpretation of dying and death in a non-Western society. Also discussed, based on the historical, political, and cultural history of Nigeria, are the implications of dying and death for death preparation, the problem of death- causation diseases without external symptoms, and the … Continue reading Cultural Interpretation of Dying and Death in a Non-Western Society: The Case of Nigeria

Indigenous knowledge – ancient solutions to today’s challenges

Indigenous Knowledge Indigenous knowledge, such as the use of ancient grains and traditional agricultural methods, can help to ensure food security while protecting the environment. Photo: UNDP Peru Revitalizing and supporting indigenous knowledge is essential to address many of today’s challenges, including the effects of climate change. Indigenous knowledge is a key resource that needs … Continue reading Indigenous knowledge – ancient solutions to today’s challenges

Kenya Works With Communities On Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge Protection

NAIROBI, Kenya — Excessive degradation and over-exploitation of plant biodiversity in Kenya has led to depletion of some species and narrowed their genetic base. Apart from the conservation challenge, utilisation and sharing of benefits from plant genetic resources and traditional and associated knowledge among communities has also remained opaque despite constitutional guarantees. The Kenya Industrial … Continue reading Kenya Works With Communities On Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge Protection