Rural communities: A hotspot for sustainable development

The Equator Initiative has launched a call for nominations for the 9th Equator Prize, a prize recognizing excellence in communities taking nature-based actions for local development. It is for people like Fatima Ahmed, and the community initiative that she founded, that this prize was established. Fatima is President of Zenab for Women in Development in Sudan, a women’s agricultural cooperative that … Continue reading Rural communities: A hotspot for sustainable development

Knowledge is Power: A new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

‘Community-led action research is not research for the sake of it, to prove a theory or to satisfy the curious. It is about people asking their own question about the issues they experince, getting the information, and evidence they need and testing actions for change." You can download the report here. Kate McHendry, Development Manager … Continue reading Knowledge is Power: A new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

Indigenous Knowledge and the African Way Forward: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract Indigenous knowledge exists and particularly in Africa and is being challenged as science and this negatively influences the harnessing of it globally. The study focused on the history of knowledge as science and the evolutionary analysis of science as a body of knowledge, within a Grounded Theory approach. The findings revealed that indigenous knowledge … Continue reading Indigenous Knowledge and the African Way Forward: Challenges and Opportunities

Wan Smolbag Theatre: Working with Communities through Drama

  In several island regions, participatory drama and theatre provides a means for promoting greater understanding of development issues as well as providing sources of income for performing artists and building bridges between local populations and technical communities of various kinds. Performance education is now being recognized as an effective and cost-efficient toll for interacting … Continue reading Wan Smolbag Theatre: Working with Communities through Drama

Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico

Nationally, tribal lands have some of the lowest internet access rates of any demographic. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 41 percent of people living on tribal lands in the U.S. lack access to high-speed internet. In rural areas on tribal lands, 68 percent don’t have access. Lewis’s community, however, is an outlier. Today, Cochiti … Continue reading Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico

Definition and exploration

Newsletter c/o Vanguard Definitions and exploration of Community Development This past year the Community Development Society members engaged in several deep and thoughtful conversations. A primary theme for discussion was that of the society adopting a working definition of community development. This conversation was prompted during the 2016 joint Community Development Society/International Association for Community Development … Continue reading Definition and exploration