Our Current Projects
1. Gandhi College of Social Work in Bhitiarwa Ashram, India. This college is expected to produce social workers with not only adequate theoretical knowledge, but also with leadership experience gained through in-service training aimed at changing the community itself. The project is coordinated by the AASRA for Community Transformation (ACT), and developed with the support of the local community, local government and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
2. Virtual Events "Bridging the World". The purpose of Virtual Meetings is to create an opportunity for multicultural dialog by bringing together in a virtual forum community leaders, community activists and students from different countries to the country hosting the event. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for sharing the best examples of effective work toward meeting the MDGs conducted in various cultural, social and political contexts. As the first two meetings of this kind were organized by UCP-SARnet at SIAS International University in China and were a great success, we want to make them one of our major international educational activities.
3. Co-organization of the Community-University Exposition in Waterloo (Canada) on May 2011
4. STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY events. Encouraged by the success of events we organized in 2010 in China, India, Gambia, Australia and at ASU, next year we are planning to organize such events in all countries where we have members and promote them through our projects.
5. Community related courses. For the last two years, UCP-SARnet has been intensely working on utilizing its website as a tool for teaching community-related courses. As a result of a team effort, three online courses have already been created and tested on a population of several hundred students: "Introduction to Community Research and Action," "Community Psychology," and "Multicultural Perspectives on Community Leadership."
6. Professional development training for community leaders and governmental officials. Based on the experience gathered through development of the above listed courses and referring to numerous consultations made during the World Civic Forum, World Conference on Higher Education, Education Leaders Forum and GAID Forum in Monterrey, UCP-SARnet's team developed a proposal for an online professional development and continuing education training. After a few modifications, the training should be ready to be offered online this year.
7. The World Academy for the Future of Women. The goal of the academy is to promote and accelerate the advancement of women worldwide. The yearlong certification program will engage university women students in discovering their purpose and passion in life and inspiring, informing, and instructing them to find their individual paths to success. Through facilitated curriculum, dialogue, and interactive programs they will be prepared for leadership roles in the new economy as global citizens.
8. Support for implementation of MDG eNabler. At the beginning of 2011, GAID will make a new tool available for community leaders and governmental officials engaged in the realization of Millennium Development Goals: MDG eNabler. This tool will allow for the design of country/region specific projects addressing MDG that will include financial plans, links to resources, step by step guidance for developing the project, and criteria for measuring its effectiveness. With the help of our organizational members and partnering organizations, we will disseminate information about the MDG eNabler and train community leaders and governmental officials how to use it. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with other GAID members.
9. Global Leadership Summer Summit. In collaboration with the SIAS International University and Association of Universities of Asia and Pacific, we are organizing a three-week long summer leadership camp with participation of up to 500 high school/college students from all around the world. Participants will be accommodated on the university campus, attend educational leadership workshops and seminars, and also participate in tours and programs allowing them to learn about Chinese history and culture. We will invite some of our Knowledge Partners and member organizations to participate in this event.
10. Engaging faith based community organizations in the battle against poverty. A large portion of community programs addressing community needs are organized by faith communities. There is a need to make their work visible, as well as to bring different faith communities together to work on common goals. One of them is eradicating poverty. We intent to invite the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, local governmental agencies and diversified faith communities involved in social action to jointly work towards achieving this goal and present results of this action to the next Parliament of the World Religions in 2014.