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Econ & Community Dev. A plan from RI
Category: Microcredit | By SDR, 4-Jun-2017 | Viewed 203  Comments 0 | Source My Rotary
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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Economic and Community Development - notes from RI

Economic and community development is one of Rotary's six areas of focus. Unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of social safety nets lie at the core of poverty. For the poor, labor is often the only asset available to improve well-being. Creating productive employment opportunities is essential for reducing poverty and achieving sustainable economic and social development, and for providing income security and empowerment especially for women, people with disabilities, youth, and the extremely poor.

Extreme global poverty has decreased considerably in the past three decades. In 1981, more than half of the people in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day. This rate dropped dramatically to 21% in 2010. But 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty. To help end extreme poverty by 2030, Rotarians need to identify the poor and empower them to make meaningful change and promote their own priorities.19 Adopt-a-village projects address extreme poverty holistically in communities that lack the resources to meet basic human needs. With active involvement from the community, these projects invest in the leadership skills of community members in one location to implement a multifaceted but coordinated strategy in that community. The ultimate project goal is to increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families and help them revitalize their community by alleviating extreme poverty.

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Economic and Community Development - Needs Assessment

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PLANNING A PROJECT

Successful agricultural projects result from thorough community assessments and lead to increased and more secure income from agriculture. Community involvement is crucial for sustainable change. Concerted efforts to change the behavior of large numbers of farmers can be essential. If the project creates demonstration plots and a targeted train the-trainer program, then clear implementation and monitoring plans should be designed.
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Greater long-term sustainability will be achieved by involving all stakeholders and using a combination of the appropriate interventions. Whatever the solutions may be, avoid stand-alone equipment or infrastructure proposals, or equipment that can't be purchased or repaired locally. Local capacity development and community involvement in the project design, implementation, and evaluation are key to sustainably increasing farmers' incomes.


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Resource information


The foregoing extract comes from an Rotary International article:

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT STRATEGIES
https://my.rotary.org/en/document/economic-and-community-development-project-strategies
File Name: 619_economic_community_development_project_strategies_en.pdf

Published by BethS on 18-Mar-2016 5:03 pm

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