Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam and Nagaland
Future Generations I
Posted 27th September 2008
So early on Tuesday morning we set off. As we drove he told me about the history of the organisation, how the founder had been given the task by the UNDP to examine development projects around the world and determine which factors most influenced the success of projects. After an extensive research programme he discovered that by far the biggest factor was community participation. With this discovery he lobbied governments and NGOs around the world, citing the research carried out. Response was slow and often little more than lip service was paid to his findings. So, frustrated with this, he decided to pursue this avenue himself and set up Future Generations in 1997, initially in Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet.
The concept was to provide skills and education to a voluntary section of the community who then act as local specialists. They then dispense advice and in turn run workshops in the villages to transfer these skills within their communities. He explained that Future Generations in Arunachal has 13 full time staff and around 1,000 volunteers. I was very impressed by this fact and keen to see their work in the field.
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