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Focus on Economic and Community Development

  1. 1. 2013 RI CONVENTION Focus on: Economic and Community Development Moderator: PRIP Luis Giay
  2. 2. Resources Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
  3. 3. 2013 RI CONVENTION Rotary’s Support of Economic and Community Development Narrow Focus Broad FocusGlobal and Packaged Grants District Grants Service Projects Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development
  4. 4. 2013 RI CONVENTION Economic and Community Development Goals: • Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities; • Developing opportunities for productive work; • Reducing poverty in underserved communities; • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
  5. 5. 2013 RI CONVENTION Panelists: Steve Rickard, Founding President, Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development, RC Calgary West, Canada District 5360 Francis Tusubira, Future Vision Trainer, DRFC Chair, RC Kampala North, Uganda District 9200 Jorge Aufranc, Past Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, RC Guatemala – Las Americas, Guatemala, District 4250
  6. 6. 2013 RI CONVENTION Microcredit & Community Development Steve Rickard 24 June 2013
  7. 7. 2013 RI CONVENTION THE PROBLEM: 26,000 Children in the World Dying Daily of Hunger & Malnutrition Related Diseases. THE SOLUTION: Microcredit – it is the Single Largest Anti-Poverty Tool Known to Mankind.
  8. 8. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ingrid Munro Founder – Jamii Bora Bank
  9. 9. 2013 RI CONVENTION John Hatch Founder of FINCA
  10. 10. 2013 RI CONVENTION
  11. 11. 2013 RI CONVENTION
  12. 12. 2013 RI CONVENTION Costa Rica Jan 2008
  13. 13. 2013 RI CONVENTION
  14. 14. 2013 RI CONVENTION
  15. 15. 2013 RI CONVENTION Imagine a Museum of Poverty where children could see the way poverty used to look.
  16. 16. 2013 RI CONVENTION This is for whom it is that we do our work!
  17. 17. 2013 RI CONVENTION Obrigado
  18. 18. 2013 RI CONVENTION “Empowering Communities, Changing Lives” How Rotarians from D9200 and D5340 are working with a community in Rural Uganda Francis Tusubira, DRFC
  19. 19. 2013 RI CONVENTION The will to improve comes from within You cannot support a community to develop unless it has the internal motive power to change….
  20. 20. 2013 RI CONVENTION Community engagement and gaining their trust, all of which lead to ownership, take time and have to be worked on. Engage, gain trust
  21. 21. 2013 RI CONVENTION They know what they want, really The community is best placed to define their needs. Guide them in shaping the action around the needs, but never impose on them what you think they need.
  22. 22. 2013 RI CONVENTION Poverty is a state of mind • Greatest cause of poverty is not lack of “things” but mindset: Poverty is a state of mind. • Nkondo Focus - mindset change and skills building,
  23. 23. 2013 RI CONVENTION Address all facets of poverty Poverty is multi-faceted. To address it, one must address all facets. Multiple skill resources: VTTs (Incoming and Outgoing); Local Rotarians; Salama Shield Foundation; Department of Food Science and Technology; NKDU
  24. 24. 2013 RI CONVENTION There is no two ways about it,.. The Community must contribute to own the project, going from in-kind contributions to cash.
  25. 25. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (1) Government has posted a nurse, with periodic grants for drugs; $1 User fee at the Health Unit
  26. 26. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (2) Parents contribute $2 per student per term to maintain computers
  27. 27. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (3) Self-help: school kitchen; land for the bore hole; land for maize mill building; new mill building – all initiated and mainly funded by the community
  28. 28. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (4) Microcredit component – self-managed; 100% recovery over two cycles; Users and savings increasing
  29. 29. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (5) Local government has built a new classroom block since one of the old classroom was taken up by computers and library!
  30. 30. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability (6) New power line to Nkondo - $90,000. Government contributing 98% of this! Construction starting… Asante Sana!
  31. 31. 2013 RI CONVENTION Ownership and Sustainability: It is not about what Rotarians have done, but what the community does in response ASANTE SANA!
  32. 32. 2013 RI CONVENTION Sustainability It’s the KEY for a successful Global Grant PDG Jorge Aufranc Rotary Club Guatemala Sur, Guatemala District 4250
  33. 33. 2013 RI CONVENTION Guatemala, Central América
  34. 34. 2013 RI CONVENTION What is Sustainability? The capacity for maintaining long term outcomes to serve the ongoing need of a community after grant funds have been expended
  35. 35. 2013 RI CONVENTION Vocational Training Team Capacity building
  36. 36. 2013 RI CONVENTION To be considered Economic Cultural Social Environmental Picture
  37. 37. 2013 RI CONVENTION The key to a successful sustainable project
  38. 38. 2013 RI CONVENTION Develop sustainable solutions • Community needs and strengths • Materials and technology • Funding • Knowledge • Motivation • Monitoring and evaluation
  39. 39. 2013 RI CONVENTION Partnerships are essential • Rotary Corps • NGO’s • Local authorities • Community leaders • Government • Beneficiaries Picture
  40. 40. 2013 RI CONVENTION Creativity is essential Foto lavamanos Hands washing station Artesanal Soap Production
  41. 41. 2013 RI CONVENTION Community involvement is the solution for sustainability
  42. 42. 2013 RI CONVENTION Economic and Community Development Resources: • Area of Focus Publication; • Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development; • Economic and Community Development Policy Statement (global grants); • District/regional leaders; • Staff
  43. 43. 2013 RI CONVENTION Thank you for your time and service to Rotary Questions?

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • Retired Swedish Diplomat Jamii Bora – 300,000 borrowersNairobi, Kenya slumKupotea – new community2,000 homes one hour from slumsBasic techniques – both women and menSchools and commercial locationsLadder up but borrowers must do the climbing
  • FINCA Founding Father – John HatchFounder of Village Banking concept – cross guaranteesPioneer in the microcredit field – revolutionary insights:With fewer options the poor pay back promptlyHow to align working capital with borrower’s needsOne million borrowers in 61 countries / regions since 1984FINCA owns all the branches exerting greater control and sharing of ideasIn the homes or in communication with all borrowers weeklyNew services for FINCA include educational scholarships, solar energy – lightsCommunity Development is a natural evolution from successful borrowersInclusiveness is critical to becoming self sustaining community
  • From Poverty to a fulfilling Career Another form of Community Development comes through female role modeling. In this picture of a hair dryer it was ironical that when we came to visit this borrower she was elsewhere. Her microcredit bank manager who was with us in the barrio (slum) of Santa Dominica, Dominican Republic, provided the explanation of her absence. It turns out that the borrower had acquired this hair dryer and after developing her business and marketing skills, had become a local financial success.
  • She had been able through her microcredit hairdressing business to put a concrete floor in this tiny home-cum-hair salon, making it more attractive for her customers and more hygienic for her often bare footed children. As time passed and in part as a result of adding more protein to the diet of the children, they had all gone on to attend and graduate from school. More importantly once the requirements of housing, nutrition and education for her family was secured she began attending night school herself. By the time that we arrived at her home she had been to school long enough that this very evening she was presiding over the nearby unveiling of a new pharmacy - of which she was the local pharmacist.
  • From Poverty and low status to Community Leadership It shouldn’t be a surprise to see a person go from humble beginnings to a community leader but when it is a woman of modest means, with limited education, responsible for the children and elderly parents plus the care of the household it seems remarkable. Such was the lady borrower in a slum outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. For her our microcredit investment allowed for the purchased of a sow and the raising for sale, of piglets. An hour or so from the City we stopped at a house clinging to the side of the hill so close to the road one could step out of the vehicle and jump into the living room. It was a two room modestly equipped but well lived in home for more than a few pople. About 50 feet down the hill lay the equally precariously perched piggery. Several men were on hand and all questions were promptly answered by them, so much so that when asked we were assured that yes the lady was the borrower. Except for our amazement that this lady did most of the work of caring for the piglets and cleaning the pen the visit was satisfying but eventful. 
  • Later that same day however this mother rose to speak as the master of ceremonies at the community centre where a gala event was taking place. She had risen above her circumstances as a mother to become a business woman and then further transformed herself into a community leader.  
  • Such uplifting transformations should be brought to the attention of all Rotarians. It is the role of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development to offer such information as it lies at the heart of community development. It has been determined that most folks know only a little about the power of microcredit. Moreover they long for the stories that can be shared about how it is making a difference in the lives of fellow human beings. RAGM , through education is bringing new practices and success opportunities to both the developed and developing world.
  • John Hatch is nothing if not a great visionary. He said: "...looking ahead to the year 2025, at the age of 85 I plan to take my great grandchildren to visit the "Poverty Museum" in Washington, DC, so they can understand how half the human family used to live, but found a way to lift themselves out of poverty"