Community Development

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Problems and Purpose In 1968, the Mazdoor Kisan Party (Workers’ Peasants’ Party) formed in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP, now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) to organize the tenant farmers and landless labourers living and working in and around the Peshawar valley. Beginning in 1970, the MKP and associated peasant movements undertook campaigns to...
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It was well-known that in 2013 Chinese government put forward “social governance” advocating that citizens actively participate in the governance, specially in the “shequ” level. ChuangYeHuaYuan, a neighborhood in north Shenzhen which established since 2013, was a typical self-governance “shequ”. Self-governance meant that in a neighborhood, residents themselves set up...
Mission and Purpose The Federation of the Rural and Urban Poor (FRUP), in alliance with the Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), seeks to “train poor communities in fields such as the importance of daily community savings, income generation, and general community development.” (CCODE, 2017) History FRUP was founded...
Mission and Purpose The Centre for Community Organisation and Development’s (CCODE) mission is to be “a leading institution in empowering organizations of the poor in Malawi to be socio-economically self-reliant through capacity building initiatives.” (CCODE, 2017) In an interview with Executive Director Sungani Chalemba, Mr. Chalemba emphasized that alleviating urban...
Participatory Forest Management (PFM) is a community-based approach to forest conservation and management. Melanie McDermott and Kate Schreckenberg, who write about equity in community forestry and the experiences faced in both North and South countries, describe community forestry as an ‘‘exercise by local people over decisions regarding management of forests,...
Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) schemes have become a primary way of financing healthcare in several developing countries today. In most countries, CBHI schemes are financed through general tax revenues or contributions from social insurance groups[i]. In Ethiopia, the CBHI initiative was set up as a community-based health project that...
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Problems and Purpose Women radio listening groups in Kenya are a democratic innovation in citizen participation as seen through the case of the Ford Foundation, that had considerable influence in funding a group in Malindi. Through various radio programs, marginalized women gain more knowledge and become empowered by learning about...
‘I Felt Like There Was a Need for the Voices of the Voiceless to Be Heard’
Mission and Purpose The Lango Youth Development Network (LAYDNET) is a youth-led community-based organization/network based in Lira, northern Uganda. LAYDNET has three specific objective statements (Profile of LAYDNET, 2016). Firstly, it pledges to advocate for the rights of youth with emphasis to women empowerment for economic development (Ibid). Secondly, it...
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This case documents how ordinary people in northern Uganda are choosing to participate in informal settings on a daily basis. Here, away from the gaze of those in power, people are able to speak their minds with their friends and family, exploring the legitimacy, potential, and power of their concerns.
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