Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Doirin Graham is the CEO of Clare Local Development Company which on Monday learned that it was successful in its bid for LEADER funding worth €8.9m to County Clare. Doirin's company, set up in 1992, went against the tide in competing with the county's new Local and Community Development Committee for the funding. It was … Continue reading Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

A paper presented at the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, ‘Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system,’ June 30th to July 3rd, 2015, Helsinki, Finland.   In Ireland social enterprises are seen primarily as non-profit organisations driven by social objectives. Irish thinking on the social economy has been influenced by … Continue reading Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

About Child Poverty Action Group Child Poverty Action Group (Inc) (CPAG) is a non-profit group formed in 1994, and made up of academics, activists, practitioners and supporters. CPAG has a strong education and research role which enables it to contribute to better informed social policy to support children in Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically children who … Continue reading Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Much of the research on the social sustainability of renewable technologies has focused on local acceptance issues, community benefits from exogenous developments, and matters related to the planning and development process. Grassroots-initiated wind energy schemes as a form of rural enterprise have received less attention, especially in the Irish context. Using a case study approach, … Continue reading Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

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

More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

SCOTLAND’S ailing town centres are losing more than five shops a week as growth in cafes, fast-food outlets and bars fails to counterbalance the closure of chain stores. New figures published by consultants PwC show a total of 290 high street stores shut their doors in Scotland in 2017, a rate of 5.5 per week. The survey … Continue reading More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

Community ownership offers us a say in our future. And that is what makes it essential Since it was announced in October that residents of the Isle of Ulva, along with those on neighbouring Mull, would be given the opportunity to attempt a community buyout of the island, there has been a great deal of … Continue reading I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home