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Capacity building for sustainable development

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Capacity Building for Sustainable Development
This paper presents a model for capacity building with women in rural Tanzania and Zambia that has evolved over the last six years. It is rooted in development theories that emphasize inclusivity when working in developing countries. Sustainable Livelihoods Approach is one of those frameworks that introduce many factors and relationships that are often missing from conventional reductionist approaches to change and empowerment. It can provide important insights about the reality that rural households, especially poor rural women face. The Millennium Report indicates that notwithstanding the progress in developing regions, girls in the poorest 20 per cent of households are 3.5 times more likely to be out of school than girls in the richest households and four times more likely to be out of school than boys from the richest households. Gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of the MDGs and are preconditions for overcoming poverty, hunger and disease. It is increasingly clear that women’s voices and experience must be heard in the local and national agendas of all countries. A major step in reaching that reality is building the leadership capacity of girls and women throughout the globe. Yet achieving this goal in a collaborative and culturally sensitive way is a difficult task and one that many developmental processes fail to accomplish.
The paper will present the foundational principles for the model: Social Empowerment; Local Ownership; and Sustainability, which served as the guiding force in developing a collaborative process that demonstrated change in women’s lives and promoted sustainable development for women and their families. It will elaborate on the process as it evolved into a workable model for capacity building in a cross-cultural environment and conclude with lessons learned.
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Ettling, Dorothy. and Gonzalez, Ada. "Capacity building for sustainable development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492305_index.html>

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Ettling, D. and Gonzalez, A. A. , 2011-04-30 "Capacity building for sustainable development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492305_index.html

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Abstract: Capacity Building for Sustainable Development
This paper presents a model for capacity building with women in rural Tanzania and Zambia that has evolved over the last six years. It is rooted in development theories that emphasize inclusivity when working in developing countries. Sustainable Livelihoods Approach is one of those frameworks that introduce many factors and relationships that are often missing from conventional reductionist approaches to change and empowerment. It can provide important insights about the reality that rural households, especially poor rural women face. The Millennium Report indicates that notwithstanding the progress in developing regions, girls in the poorest 20 per cent of households are 3.5 times more likely to be out of school than girls in the richest households and four times more likely to be out of school than boys from the richest households. Gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of the MDGs and are preconditions for overcoming poverty, hunger and disease. It is increasingly clear that women’s voices and experience must be heard in the local and national agendas of all countries. A major step in reaching that reality is building the leadership capacity of girls and women throughout the globe. Yet achieving this goal in a collaborative and culturally sensitive way is a difficult task and one that many developmental processes fail to accomplish.
The paper will present the foundational principles for the model: Social Empowerment; Local Ownership; and Sustainability, which served as the guiding force in developing a collaborative process that demonstrated change in women’s lives and promoted sustainable development for women and their families. It will elaborate on the process as it evolved into a workable model for capacity building in a cross-cultural environment and conclude with lessons learned.


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