Thinking of the World

June 10, 2008

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A team of academic, non-governmental organization (NGO) and local government participants from Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, the Philippines and South Africa will meet in Vancouver June 9-12 to discuss the establishment of an international research project aimed at supporting municipal governments in their efforts to effect local sustainable development.

Sponsored by SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD), the project recently received a $30,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in partnership with the International Development Rsearch Centre.

The project will examine the role and potential of municipal governments and networks in supporting sustainable development around the world.

“Local governments are increasingly recognized as critical players in the search for models and approaches to sustainable development”, says CSCD director and geography professor Mark Roseland, “particularly because they are a representative level of government that takes actions, and delivers on-the-ground projects that people can see, in their communities.”

The research project will link to a five-year CSCD project under way in Bolivia which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction, effective citizen participation and sustainable community economic development in rural and sub-urban communities in Bolivia.

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