Dr Peter Westoby
"Popular education and community organising for social and ecological sustainability and human rights in Uganda"

Dr Peter Westoby is a Senior Lecturer in Community Development, School of Social Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia; a Research Associate at the Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, South Africa; and also a Director of Community Praxis Cooperative. Peter has over 25 years of experience in youth, community and organisational development in various settings, such as Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Vanuatu, the Philippines and PNG. His research interests include community development, dialogue theory and practice, and forced migration studies. Peter has written nine books in the field of community development and has had 40+ professional journal articles published. He loves bush walking, hanging out in independent book shops and good coffee.

During this presentation Peter Westoby will share two stories about his four year research journey in Uganda on carbon-trading, oil extraction and ‘different’ kinds of community development. In this presentation he will address three components of this journey:
#1: the deployment of corporate-led community development by Green Resources, a Norwegian owned forestry multinational engaged in plantation and carbon trading - with a specific analysis of the impact of the corporate-led community development amongst plantation affected villagers;
#2: the work of an indigenous NGO and their program called the Sustainability School (funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation), a community-based learning and mobilisation process aiming to build a resilient peoples-movement resisting development-induced displacement;
#3: the dilemmas in the research process as a Northern researcher, in partnership with an indigenous NGO and focused on activism.

Anne Jennings
"Community Development - the 'missing ingredient' in striving for sustainability"
Anne Jennings has been involved community development as a hands-on practitioner and a researcher, as well as an education and training facilitator, in regional Western Australia for 30 years. She holds Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; Diploma of Community Development; Bachelor of Social Science in Human Services, and Master of Arts in Ecologically Sustainable Development. In addition Anne is commencing a PhD in 2017, exploring the need for, and availability of, education and training for community development in Australia, and how it is positioned within the global context.

During her time in the field Anne has worked for Commonwealth, State and Local Government, for the community and non-government organisations (NGOs), as well as a consultant. She is now Course Coordinator and Lecturer for the Diploma of Community Development at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus, located on Yawuru Country (in the sub-tropical far north-west corner of Australia). Her research work is undertaken through the Nulungu Research Institute on Broome Campus. 

In common with most people working in community development Anne has also held various voluntary management positions with NGOs, and worked with others in a pro-bono capacity. In addition Anne has been involved in the family farming enterprise and previously represented Western Australia on the national Australian Women in Agriculture group. Over the years she has also been involved in landcare and catchment management – which she sees as exemplary examples of local community development in action. 

Yes, community development is both her profession and personal passion.
Her presentation will commence with a global view of the content and requirements of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The need for unprecedented approaches worldwide to stimulate social, environmental and economic change is covered, based on the areas including the exceptional number of people living in extreme poverty and those living without electricity and water scarcity, plus the unparalleled damage to our ecosystem. It will then proceed with a short examination of differing views on the SDGs and move on to examine where non-government organisations (NGOs) could be involved, through education and practice, using ‘bottom-up’ Community Development approaches. This is advocated for given many United Nations (UN) processes target national governments and businesses, using ‘top-down’ methodologies. The importance of education to the UN is addressed and then the presentation will move on to the involvement with the UN, in particular in relation to the SDGs, by the International Association for Community Development (IACD). It will culminate by supporting the IACD’s submission to the UN, which pointed out that ‘without community development there is no sustainable development’. Finally the need for professional development for community development practitioners in many areas, including SDGs, is covered and seen as one way forward for community workers, both paid and unpaid, across the globe.
Ursula Harman
"Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Innovation Processes: Case studies of Rural Electrification in Cusco, Peru"
Ursula Harman is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland (UQ), Sociologist and holds a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). She has more than 8 years of experience in the field of innovation for social change, working in projects with renewable energy technologies in rural communities of Peru, directing international programs with students from Peru and the US, and coordinating the selection process of national and regional competitions for technological innovation. Ursula's area of research is currently focused on the relevance of facilitating dialogue, learning processes and cross-sector collaboration in technology and innovation initiatives for a more inclusive development in contexts of poverty. She is also regional director for South America of the International Association for Community Development (IACD) and contributes as a mentor in the Ekpapelek Mentors Programme to empower Latin-American professionals.
One of the most important aspects of science, technology and innovation (STI) activities that have an inclusive orientation is the integration of different kinds of knowledge. In a rural electrification project in the Cusco region, Peru, indigenous rural communities from the Andes have replaced the use of kerosene and lanterns with electrical batteries powered by waterwheels. The new technology component of the waterwheels was the result of an external engineering design based on explicit knowledge. This kind of knowledge is objective and easily expressed in explicit forms such as designs and plans. On the other hand, the knowledge of the new energy technology users is defined as tacit because it is subjective and experience-based, and hard to formalise and communicate in words, sentences or numbers. Three rural locations that participated in the same rural electrification project in Cusco were selected to identify what kinds of interactions facilitate a dialogue between these two kinds of knowledge. Under a participatory methodology, the users showed through drawings how they found solutions to problems while learning by doing, in using and interacting with the new technology. However, they saw themselves just as beneficiaries of new technologies, but not as co-experts in the processes of creation and adaptation. This presentation discusses the importance of reinforcing their traditional reciprocity system with learning interactions to facilitate an inclusion of indigenous rural communities in the process of innovation, so that they can become protagonists of their own technological change.
Dr Huston Gibson
"Transforming global climate action through sustainable community development"
Huston Gibson has a PhD in Planning and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University where he serves as the Director of the online Master of Science in Community Development Program. Huston has a passion for helping create sustainable, resilient, and livable communities; working with communities to help promote downtown viability, economic development, environmental conservation, ecological consciousness, social equity, land-use compatibility, housing options, public school quality, and neighborhood amenities. Most recently Dr. Gibson’s work has focused on how community development practitioners approach sustainability and climate action at the local level in a comparative study between the USA and Australia, where he spent time in 2015 as a Visiting Academic at the University of Queensland and as an Urban Research Program International Visiting Fellow at Griffith, as well as collaborated with faculty at the Queensland University of Technology though a Kansas State University Oz to Oz Fellowship. 
Seventeen new sustainable development goals have been identified as part of UN Agenda 2030. Goal 11 focuses on sustainable cities and communities, Goal 13 on climate action. The UN Habitat World Cities Report 2016, “Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures” states that half (54%) of the global population lives in an urbanized setting, and our cities collectively emit 70% of the global carbon dioxide. Thus, to address Agenda 2030 Goal 13 (climate action) in a meaningful way, a sustainable focus on our cities and communities is essential (Goal 11). Yet, in some locations, conversation about climate action is challenging. This presentation describes and compares how community practitioners in both urban and rural settings are addressing sustainability action in the US and Australia. Through face-to-face interviews, lessons learned about framing and communication strategies have been collected, paying particular attention to challenging situations with resistance to address or even acknowledge climate change. Findings suggest the importance of education, persistence, framing, and word choice, revealing some working to promote climate action intentionally avoid the nomenclature altogether. The long term implications of this strategy in relation to Agenda 2030 and the World Cities Report 2016 will be discussed, with particular relevance to community development practice.
Dr Scott Hardy
"Community Response to Climate Induced Storm Hazards: Storm Hazards Vulnerability"
Dr. Scott Hardy is an Extension Educator with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program based in Cleveland. He conducts applied research and develops education and outreach programs on collaborative watershed management, coastal storm resiliency, community-based response to ecological change, and other issues facing Lake Erie and the broader Great Lakes region. The results of his work help to inform decision-making among practitioners and policymakers, as well as educate local and regional stakeholders about issues impacting Lake Erie, its tributaries, and the surrounding watershed.
Prior to joining Ohio Sea Grant in 2015, Dr. Hardy gained experience in a variety of different roles related to environmental management and community development. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University, a Master of Professional Studies in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and later joined the faculty at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where he was Chair of the Environmental Studies Department. Most recently, Dr. Hardy spent two years as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University, before returning to his research and educational interests with Ohio Sea Grant. When not working he enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends. He lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter, not far from the Lake Erie coast.
Coastal storms and flooding are among the most destructive natural hazards worldwide. Climatic changes are predicted to worsen these hazards by producing increased precipitation and more frequent and severe storms. For some populations, the physical and economic impact of storm hazards are difficult to absorb due to a lack of institutional resources and large percentage of low-income home and business owners. Residents can be at risk due to environmental factors, such as proximity of housing to flood zones, as well as sociodemographic challenges like poverty. In response, applied research is needed to identify communities that are increasingly vulnerable to storm hazards, and to support municipalities and local residents with building resilience. This study accomplishes this by analyzing the vulnerability of 42 communities in Northeast Ohio in the United States. Communities are categorized for vulnerability according to an index of 5 biophysical and 5 sociodemographic indicators. All indicators are combined to produce a vulnerability index, which is used to support climate mitigation strategies.
Dr Batholomew James
Batholomew Chibuike James is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Masters in Public Health and Doctor of Education major in Educational Management. He is presently working on his dissertation entitled “Effects of Social Media on the Sexual Risk Behavior of Undergraduate Students in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines: A Campus-Based Strategic Intervention Program” for his Doctor of Public Health major in Health Promotion and Education program. He is a Nigerian citizen, currently living & studying in the Philippines.
"Mental health Concerns Among Youth Associated with Climate Change Health Risks"
A healthy environment is necessary for the youth sector in order to be a productive member of the society. Hence, the need to formulate an effective intervention program to reduce, if not totally eradicate, the adverse effects of these health risks brought about by extreme climate change. The main purpose of this study is to determine the mental health concerns of the youth sector in Christchurch, New Zealand and to build resilience to climate change impacts. The study will use descriptive type of research with questionnaire as instrument. The respondents will be the youth sector of Christchurch, New Zealand. To describe the data, frequency and percentage, mean and Pearson will be used. In the end, the potential effects of global climate change and ozone depletion on the current and future incidence of mental illnesses will be addressed, leading to the formulation of appropriate action for improving research and development, health care and disease prevention, medical and public health community education and public outreach.
"Correlations Between Climate Variability and Change and Infectious Diseases Transmission: An Assessment on Personal, Behavioral and Environmental Prevention Measure Undertaken by Accommodating Households in Nigeria"
The aim of this research is to explore visiting friends and relatives’ (VFRs) host families’ perception on infectious diseases as well as to explore the effects of climate change over the years in the transmission of infectious diseases in Nigeria.

The assessment of prevention measures undertaken by VFRs’ accommodating households from 2010 to 2015 will be made possible through the use of retrospective cross-sectional study. The study covers states of Lagos, Oyo, Abuja, Plateau, Enugu, Anambra, Cross River, Rivers, Kaduna and Bauchi. With cross-sectional method, data from 10 states located in 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria will be collected using retrospective method. Initial contact will be via emails, then telephone calls building on the rapport with village chiefs and partner researchers.

The contribution of this research will be the examination of accommodating communities from different zones in Nigeria with respect to personal, behavioral and environmental prevention measures intended to protect their visiting friends and relatives. The inclusion of equally important factors in infectious disease transmission and their correlations with climate change are vital for identification of behavior-appropriate and people-centered prevention measures for each of the state will be covered in this study.
Dr Margot Rawsthorne
Margot Rawsthorne joined the Social Work and Policy Studies Program at The University of Sydney in February 2005. She teaches community development across the Social Work & Policy Studies program (3rd year, 4th year and post graduate). Her initial qualification was in sociology at Macquarie University. Following her completion of a PhD at Sydney University, Margot worked for state and local governments, as well as the non-government sector. Her research interests broadly relate to civil society and the impact of social policy on people’s lived experiences. She is particularly interested in the experiences of social inequality, shaped by gender, location, age and sexuality. 
For the past decade she has been actively involved in Glebe, a diverse, inner city community located on the northern border of the University. Glebe is home to a wide spectrum of people – young people; older people; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; recently arrived migrants; people living in social housing, private rentals and historic harbour-side mansions. This work has enabled her to practice, reflect on, teach and research community development practice.

Margot is raising two adolescent sons (one cricket mad, the other a drummer) with her lesbian partner of nearly 30 years. Celebrating diversity in all its forms threads through her personal and professional lives.
"Towards Community Action: The AAS story"
This presentation focuses on the conditions through which the UN Sustainability Goals can be supported through partnerships. From the earliest days of colonial government in Australia the State has actively engaged with civil society organizations to achieve its social goals. Community action on all of the UN Sustainability Goals will be shaped by planning and funding arrangements. This presentation reports empirical research on a specific policy and program approach to supporting community action in New South Wales, Australian known as the Area Assistance Scheme (‘AAS’). Over its 40 year history the AAS was the catalyst to the flowering of community development across regions undergoing rapid social change and growth. The community sector in many parts of New South Wales is the legacy of the AAS. Whilst the AAS ceased in 2009 there are many lessons for current policy makers from the AAS in relation to supporting community action, democratic practices, participation and the use of power. What is clear from this research is that funding arrangements are not merely an instrumental element of the State’s relationship with civil society. States interested in engaging citizens in finding solutions to the so-called ‘wicked problems’ facing developed nations such as Australia and working towards the UN Sustainability Goals can do so through embedding specific practices and processes in the funding relationship.
"Working with COWS: Community development with older women"
Australia, like all developed western countries, is experiencing a demographic shift resulting in an increasing proportion of the population being over the age of 65 years. Contrary to stereotypes, the vast majority of older people live independently in communities. This presentation explores the potential of social work practice informed by community development principles to enable socially disadvantaged older women to live in vibrant and supportive communities, in which they feel safe and are able to access the support services they need. It argues that participation in social action not only builds older women’s wellbeing but also enables them to become (or continue to be) agents for social change in local communities. Adopting a community based research methodology the presentation draws on a decade of community development practice with the Concerned Older Women’s Group. This data suggests that community development practice based on participation, empowerment and social action founded on respectful relationships may accrue significant benefits to individuals and the broader community. This social work practice creates the social conditions to facilitate older women’s capacity to work collectively to achieve social change, challenging ageist stereotypes.
Dr Michael Manjaloor
"MDGs and SDGs based on the results of a research project conducted to examine the efficacy of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG 2), that of universal primary education, for achieving poverty eradication."
Dr. Michael Manjalloor is a Social Worker in New Zealand. He spent a greater part of his professional life as a lecturer, teacher and a Principal in India and in the Maldives, closely understanding the lived experiences of the poor people. Dr Michael Manjalloor is an avid advocate for the emancipation of the oppressed people. His book “Seeds of Poverty” is an analysis of the oppression of Dalits, one of the poorest communities of India. He is an alumnus of AUT University New Zealand, where he completed his PhD in community Development.
During this presentation Michael will share the findings of a research carried out among the Dalits of Kerala, India, to understand the nature and causes of poverty. It revealed that (as the UN documents suggest) poverty is not a stand-alone phenomenon, and that eradicating poverty is much more complex than changing indicators. Michael will discuss how the findings of this research are relevant to the strategies of the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the follow up of MDG 2.
Ganga Dutta Acharya
"Depoliticizing grassroots? Insights from experiences of marginalized peoples’ interface with development NGOs in South-Central Nepal."
This presentation will argue that in the context of neoliberal globalization, development has become a weapon of promoting market imperatives to poor hinterlands and community organizations are promoted for the purpose of market-led development that impact the struggle for justice.
Drawing from a case study undertaken in one of the highly marginalized communities - dalits from a village in South-Central Nepal, we unpack micro politics of marginalized communities while they participate in community development programs and elucidate the extent to which development interventions have contributed to overcoming structural factors that marginalized dalits from the socio-economic, cultural and political mainstream. Particular attention is given to NGO-supported empowerment initiatives to assess whether they have achieved what they claim. We explore these questions based on interviews and Focus Group Discussions with community leaders and NGO executives, observations and documentation collected for his Doctoral Dissertation purposes.
The findings informed that though various agencies have increasingly invested resources for development of marginalized peoples, equity and empowerment implications of such interventions are in question. Collaboration of marginalized peoples with NGOs provides opportunities for them to access development resources, networking, promoting identity and leadership development. However, such a partnership gradually leads to professionalization of the community activism and valorizes formal academic knowledge over indigenous wisdom. This process transforms community organizations from organizing and mobilizing active citizenry in struggles for justice to a service providing agency. The ultimate outcomes are depoliticizing grassroots activism and jeopardizing its transformative edges.
Mr Ganga Dutta Acharya , a Nepalese national, holds his Graduate degree in Development Studies specialization on Rural Livelihoods from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.
He is currently doing PhD in Rural Community Development at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia under the Australian Government Scholarships. 

As a young agricultural graduate, Ganga started his professional carrier under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Nepal in 1995. Since then, he has been extensively engaged with the rural poor communities of Nepal and abroad in different capacities as a government official, NGO executive and consultant.

Before commencing his PhD at the UQ in 2014, Ganga was working as Senior Agriculture Development Officer under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Nepal (2011-2013). 
Ganga worked as a National Program Director of FIAN International (an international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of rights to adequate food) in Nepal for a year in 2010.
He worked as Senior Theme Leader- Livelihoods and Economic Rights, in Action Aid International Nepal (a Human Rights-based development NGO) during 2005-2007. 

Ganga has worked as an expatriate rural development expert in a rehabilitation project with conflict-affected communities of Kachin State, Myanmar and has associated with number of development NGOs working with rural poor communities of Nepal as an intermittent consultant expert throughout his professional career.
Irshad Ahmad
Dr Heather Came
"Tiriti-based practice: How senior health promoters work with Te Tiriti o Waitangi"
Dr Heather Came is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander who grew up on Ngātiwai land. She has worked for nearly 25 years in health promotion and public health and has a long involvement in social justice activism. Heather is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, a fellow of the Health Promotion Forum, co-chair of the Auckland branch of the Public Health Association and an active member of Tāmaki Tiriti Workers. She currently embraces life as an activist scholar. She is a Senior Lecturer based in the Taupua Waiora Māori Health Research Centre within Auckland University of Technology.
Indigenous health disparities are a significant challenge in terms of equity often ignored by the global health promotion community. The New Zealand health promotion sector has a longstanding commitment to indigenous rights and working with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Drawing on in-depth interviews with a cohort of senior Māori and Tauiwi practitioners, this presentation explores how they interpret and apply Te Tiriti in their practice. Drawing on over 140 years of health promotion experience, the material gathered was rich, complex and inspiring. It reinforced Freire’s notion that the descendants of the colonisers and the descendants of the colonised have different roles to play in the decolonisation journey. Participants shared colourful metaphors, to explain their learnings. They explored issues of power, leadership, spirit, motivation, discomfort and the tension in maintaining partnerships of the kind agreed upon in te Tiriti. The findings reinforced the relational nature of health promotion work and the importance of indigenous authority and control in such work with Māori communities. This study confirmed Tiriti-based practice is a vehicle to peace and justice in the health sector and beyond. It is also a pathway to address our obligations to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.
Sethulego Matebesi
"Civil Response to Municipal governance: Dynamics of community protests in South Africa"
Sethulego Matebesi is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Academic Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa. He was part of the first cohort of recipients of the Vice-Rectors Prestige Scholarship Programme and currently part of the Andrew Mellon Foundation Programme for the next generation of professors at UFS. Sethulego’s research interests lie in the area of social movements – specifically the dynamics of community protests in South Africa. His other research interests include participatory local governance and community development. His most recent book is Civil strife against local governance: The dynamics of community protests in contemporary South Africa (2017 – Barbara Budrich). His recent research - funded by the National Research Foundation in South Africa - focuses on the role of community trusts in protests in mining towns. Since 2009, he has also been serving as a political analyst for the South African Broadcasting Corporation and various local and national radio stations.
Municipalities are worldwide known to be institutions of public governance closest to citizens. In South Africa, the Constitution states that every South African has a right to basic municipal services such as water supply, sanitation and electricity. However, since 2004 South Africa has witnessed a sharp increase of community protests against the alleged lack of municipal service provision. A trend that has become prevalent across South Africa is to target schools and educational institutions barring children from attending school or vandalizing school facilities during community protests. At times, between 5 000 to 50 000 learners are affected for more than three months. Empirically the study is based on a questionnaire from 1 200 randomly selected respondents, as well as in-depth interviews with community forums and municipal managers. The findings reveal that although communities have a right to protest, there are concerns about the response of the state in terms of protecting children’s right to access education. It is concluded that effective municipal-community engagement remains an important tool to curb violent community protests. Similarly, the state needs to formulate programmatic interventions to secure children’s education during periods of community protests.
Irshad Ahmad
"Conflict Resolutions Through Engagement of Religious Leaders"
Irshad Ahmad is a national level professional with more than twenty five years of experience in the education and development sector including project monitoring, evaluation & assessment, project management, capacity building, team building, leadership, training, documentation, research and project design. He has extensive experience managing complex development projects in Punjab, AJK, KPK, Baluchistan, and Sind including short term consultancies and long term positions such as Team Leader, Executive Director and Project Manager with various local and national level donors, NGOs, INGOs, and other organizations and agencies. He is author of several books and well known development practitioner and educationist.
This presentation will be based on initiative to reduce conflicts and intolerance at grass root level through the engagement of 150 religious leaders (Mosque Imams) of Pakistan. The uniqueness of this project is to transform ‘provocative agents of hate and intolerance’ into peaceful and tolerant catalysts of society. This presentation will provide a contextual background of militancy and extremism in Pakistani society as well as efforts to overcome this menace.
Chau Doan-Bao
"Evaluating the impact of the catalyst model on urban community development: a case study of the LIN Center for Community Development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam"
Chau Doan-Bao is a master candidate at the Communication Studies Department, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on communication for development and social change, popular culture, news literacy and community development. She is particular interested in exploring the connection of development communication with intercultural communication in urban community development.
In communication for social change, a catalyst (individual/organization) plays an important role in creating dialogue within the community, leading to collective action and providing solutions for common problems. In urban communities of developing countries, this role is more essential because of the complexities in population and social issues. This research aims to evaluate the impact of such a catalyst on urban community development in Ho Chi Minh city, the biggest city of Vietnam through the case study of LIN Center for Community Development (LIN).
LIN works as a facilitator using the participatory communication approach to increase the capacity of its key stakeholders - local NPOs. Three key strategic areas of LIN’s operations involve NPO network building, NPO capacity enhancing and NPO grant management. The research project employed the integrated model for measuring social change processes and their outcomes by Figueroa, Kincaid, Rani, & Lewis (2002).
Data was collected through ethnographic non-participant observation, in-depth semi-structured interviews with LIN staff and NPOs and the analysis of secondary data. Early findings from this research indicate that LIN acts as a localized example of a catalyst for social change in the urban community development context, unique to HCMC. LIN provides leadership in building the NPOs network as well as maintaining the community funds for NPOs in HCMC. It also generates activities that enhance NPOs capacity, especially in regards to improving their internal management and collaboration with donors and the wider community. In addition, LIN plays an important role in popularizing two social norms, “non-profit organisations” and “skilled volunteers” in HCMC. However,
LIN’s role as a catalyst for change also meets with many obstacles based on differences in culture and contexts of stakeholders. As a result, the work of a social change catalyst still needs to be modified to engage more effectively the participation of stakeholders and create better impact on urban community development in Vietnam.
Dr Geoff Bridgman
Geoff has always had finger in various community development pies both as a researcher and as an activist. He has been national Chair of Supporting Families in Mental Illness and done significant research in Māori, Pacific Island and Deaf mental health. That work plus roles as a founding member of Tenant’s Protection, School Board Treasurer has led to current roles in the Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation, the Coalition of Deaf Mental Health professionals and Violence Free Communities of which he is the chair. Geoff teaches and supervises research in the Social Practice Department at Unitec and is involved in several research projects including Community Safety in West Auckland, a national violence prevention project in intermediate schools, Deaf mental health consumer stories, the evaluation of the Our Amazing Place project in South Henderson, the evaluation of 5-years of ORS/SRS data for the Problem Gambling Foundation and the evaluation of a community based counselling and psychotherapy training programme.
Michael McCarthy
Mike started his working life as a primary school teacher before going on to a 21 year career with New Zealand Police. Experiencing a variety of frontline, investigative, training and supervisory roles, Mike spent the last three years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the National Sexual Violence and Child Protection Team. Since August 2015 Mike has been the manager of ACC's Injury Prevention Violence Portfolio which has its focus on the early intervention and prevention of injuries arising from sexual violence, family violence and wilfully self-inflicted incidents.
Elaine Dyer
Elaine is a woman who has made a major commitment to preventing violence in our communities. From her beginnings as a primary school teacher then counsellor with Youthline, and later her educational work in prisons, Elaine could see that there was a need in the community to teach the skills and talk about problems openly if we were going to make changes. While she was training and development coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (a Quaker based project working in prisons and communities around the world) Elaine worked in a wide variety of countries… USA, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, Hong Kong, Tonga, England and Australia. Over the last 14 years, Elaine was CEO of Violence Free Waitakere where she focused the work of preventing violence through many innovative projects designed to stop violence before it happens. 
Her recent work with Jade Speaks Up (www.jadespeaksup.co.nz) is being researched for its impact in primary/ intermediate school settings. As well as working with this particular project, Elaine is a popular speaker at conferences and a freelance facilitator and trainer.
Andrea O'Hagan
Andrea began her career as a primary school teacher and later taught in Kindergartens & pre-schools. She was the NLP Brain Coach in secondary school for 3 &1/2 years and for the last 10 years was a teaching fellow in the Arts and Language team within the Faculty of Education of the University of Waikato.
During her 9 year association with Violence Free Communities Andrea has co-developed the programmes Violence Free Begins with Me, Jade Speaks Up and Banishing Bullying. Andrea has also co-developed and facilitated programmes for the Aotearoa Peace Foundation for parents, teens, teachers and school mediators.
Andrea also has a Coaching business – Positive Changes – which offers education consultancy in schools and community education specializing in practical uses of neuro-linguistics and mental imaging to contribute to students’ personal resilience and learning processes and to teachers’ relational pedagogy.
"Test of an insurance approach to the prevention of violence"
The New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) pays compensation to everyone who is disabled temporarily or permanently by accidents. Accidents include intentional violence received from another person and the costs of such “accidents” run into billions of dollars. ACC is seeking to reduce its liability in this area by funding programmes that prevent violence. One such programme is Jade Speaks Up a violence prevention programme targeted at 8 to 11 year olds and which over a 6-week period teaches children how to keep themselves safe. ACC is funding a trial of this programme which will be delivered to nine intermediate level schools involving 1250 children and over 40 teachers. This presentation describes the programme and the outcomes from the first school in which the programme has been delivered, and shows excerpts from the animated video that is centre-piece of the programme. The evaluation involves both experimental and control groups, pre- and post-tests, a six-month follow-up and a switch of the control group to the experimental condition at the beginning of the subsequent term. The evaluation includes two standardised tests of child well being (the Center for Epidemiologic Studies’ Depression Scale for Children, Weissman, Orvaschel, & Padian, 1980; and the Child Outcomes Rating Scale, Duncan, Miller & Sparks, 2003) and measures of learning, practice and programme engagement. Teachers as well as students are participants. Preliminary results show that children on the Jade Speaks Up programme make significant gains at post-test in the well being tests compared to pre-test and compared to the control group and that the children overwhelmingly felt the programme was interesting, useful and fun. Teachers were also very positive about the programme.
Dr James Calvin
"Social Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning to Foster Innovation for Humanity"
James R. Calvin, Ph.D. is Professor and Faculty Director of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Multicultural and Multinational Leaders at the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University. He is Faculty Director for the Innovation for Humanity (I4H) course and onsite international projects. Dr. Calvin is a Professor at the Center for Africana Studies (CAS) in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, and is faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
His partnership work in community development and education has been with the Washington, DC based Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), The Kettering Foundation, The Independent Sector, and the National Governors Association among other organizations.
James earned a B.F.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) with a concentration in phenomenology, culture and communication are from New York University.
He has broad global experience in the areas of community leadership development, community and organization development and negotiation. Dr. Calvin has consulted with business, education, nonprofit, government, and in international sector with The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and other organizations. 
He is a former Board Member of the International Association of Community Development (IACD). James currently serves on several national boards and international journal editorial boards including the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE), Society for Advancement of Management Journal (SAM AMJ), and the Journal of the Community Development Society (CDS). James has published many journal articles, book chapters and co-edited the book "Innovative Community Responses to Disaster, Routledge 2015"
The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School offers a novel Global MBA program. At inception eight years ago the signature course, Innovation for Humanity (I4H), fostered curriculum driven experiential learning about bottom of the pyramid entrepreneurship methods, by synthesizing business approaches into tools focused on several of the 8 Millennium Development Goals i.e. poverty reduction, health and nutrition, education, water, environment, sanitation and sustainability. The I4H focus now centers on multiple aspects of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals toward the year 2030. By February 2017, I4H teams will have completed 123 in-country projects that offer a range of practical and applicable recommendations on doing business to sponsors, with a number of the projects conducted over multi-year relationships. Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Rwanda, and the United States (Baltimore, Denver and Jemez Pueblo). The student teams work on-site for more than two weeks with a sponsor over a three-phased three semester course that emphasizes adapting to new cultures, uncertainty, and team dynamics.
Selina Ledoux
"Samoan Multigenerational Households sustainable support systems: Perhaps the way forward is backwards"
Selina Ledoux is a lecturer in the Department of Social Practice at Unitec Institute of Technology, in Auckland. She lecturers in the Talanoa Pasifika course, Child Protection, Whanau/Family dynamics and Risk Assessment. Her interests lie in Pasifika and child protection research. Selina has 17 years of statutory social work experience in several different roles. She lives in West Auckland with her husband, 10 children, son-in-law, grandchild, parents and special needs brother. Selina is actively involved with her church community and with Aganu’u Fa’aSamoa classes.
Based on Selina's Master’s Research on Multi-generational Samoan Households in West Auckland New Zealand, this presentation reflects on stories of research participants living in families that have retained traditional Samoan values, though these are somewhat modified for successful adaptation to an urban Auckland setting.
The dramatic rise in life expectancy, the rising cost of elder care, the increasing need for child care, a lack of affordable housing, and unemployment, are creating challenges. Participant stories reveal culturally specific ways to meet growing challenges. This presentation suggests that perhaps the way forward is backwards.
Within these family units there has been ongoing support from stages of dependence through to independence, then as adults being depended upon through to depending on others in older years. These families survive life challenges and help ensure healthy lives and well-being for all ages (Agenda 2030 goal 3) in sustainable ways that are permeated with values that underpin Samoan tradition and practices: service (tautua), respect (faáaloalo) and love (alofa).
Data presented has broad implications for a range of areas such as housing and housing design, social policy and design, social work practitioners, educators and health professionals.
Samuel Mann
"A transformation mindset as a basis for sustainable community development"
Professor Samuel Mann teaches for Capable NZ – Otago Polytechnic’s school specialising in professional practice and work-based learning. Sam was responsible for the development of Education for Sustainability at Otago Polytechnic where they are committed to every graduate thinking and acting as a sustainable practitioner. Sam’s 2011 book “The Green Graduate”, subtitled “Educating Every Student as a Sustainable Practitioner”, sets out a framework for integrating sustainability into every course of study. His subsequent book “Sustainable Lens: a visual guide” explores the visual narrative of sustainability. This book proposes a "sustainable lens": to act sustainably we need to first “see” sustainably. Sam has a weekly radio show and podcast http://sustainablelens.org/ where he and a colleague have conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In these conversations they try to find out what motivates their guest and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens. This research archive now has more the 300 interviews. Recent work focusses on the development of a Transformation Mindset.
This presentation raises the question of the implications of Community Development in accepting sustainable development as an underlying philosophy. We develop a sustainable transformation mindset that can be used to guide community development initiatives. We then briefly explore the role of work-based professional practice education in a “Capable Value set”. In examining education based on this approach we find that the learning community based and transformative - both for the learner and the community. As an example, we then suggest how it could be applied by using as lens for sustainable iwi development.
Anthony Ssembatya
"How Statelessness is hampering balanced global growth: The need for State Parties to revise their Gender Nationality Laws"
Tony Ssembatya Kimbowa was born in Uganda and holds a BA in Law from Makerere University- Uganda, an MA in Conflict Management from the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin - Germany and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy – Switzerland. He is currently following his PhD Research in Global Peace and Security Studies at Leipzig University-Germany. He works as a consultant for UN Women, New York and is a goodwill ambassador for Global Girl Child Education with UNGEI, the United Nations Girl’s Education Initiative (http://blog.ungei.org/ungei-youthtalks-meets-anthony-ssembatya/). He is a board member of the International Association for Community Development –IACD representing the IACD to the UN and Sub Saharan Africa and founder of Kirabo Doors of Hope Children’s Centre in Uganda (www.kirabodoorsofhope.org
His research interests include Post Conflict Reconstruction, Natural Resource Management, Citizenship and Statelessness, Armed Conflict and its impact on Women and Girls, Education in States emerging from war.
As of 2013, there were 12 million Stateless persons according to UNHCR. Among these 70% are Women and Girls. They face many abuses and risks due to their situation. In 2014 UN Women in partnership with UNHCR launched a Global Campaign code-named I BELONG. This is intended to highlight the struggle of Stateless Women and Girls,among them indigenous, LGBTI and refugee Women. My presentation will highlight the need for State Parties to the UN to revise their Gender Nationality Laws to enable Women to pass on nationality to their Children and Spouses. This enables and facilitates a balanced development.
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