About the Movement – English

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Social Media Toolkit

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Media Coverage

Relevant Speeches

  • Address by Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UN Capital Development Fund, at the event “No Transformation Without Localization”
  • Address by Pope Francis to the UN General Assembly September 2015. “To enable these real men and women to escape from extreme poverty, we must allow them to be dignified agents of their own destiny. Integral human development and the full exercise of human dignity cannot be imposed. They must be built up and allowed to unfold”

Books… and why you should read them

  • Tell the People: Conversations with James Yen, Pearl Buck, 1945. Y.C. James Yen was founder of China’s Rural Reconstruction Movement in the 1920s and later founded IIRR in the Philippines. For two days at her farm in Pennsylvania, the Nobel Prize winning novelist pulled from Yen a comprehensive picture of his methodology. (Out of print, contact John Coonrod about ebooks).
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paolo Freire, 1973. THE foundational source book on the profound psycho-social transformation required for people to become authors of their own development.
  • Rural Development: Putting the last first, Robert Chambers, 1983.
  • Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last, Robert Chambers, 1997

Handbooks and Toolkits

  • Learning By Doing by Inspiring Communities in New Zealand presents comprehensive thinking, learning, examples and results from community-led activities.  It’s become a ‘must have’ handbook for people and organisations wanting to empower and support locally-led change.

Relevant Papers