International Committee Teleconference on North-South CED Partnerships

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BACKGROUND
Over the years, Canadian CED practitioners have developed partnerships with organisations in a wide range of developing countries. On February 16, CCEDNet’s International Committee held a telelearning session on North-South CED partnerships, sharing the experience of two successful initiatives. 
Empowering Women with Microcredit - the Bolivian Communal Bank and Haida Gwaii Community Futures
Bolivian micro finance institutions and Canadian CED organizations, such as Canadian Crossroads International, FONCRESOL (Solidarity Credit Fund) and Haida Gwaii Community Futures, are working in solidarity to build and support sustainable livelihoods in rural and disadvantaged communities. The Bolivian Communal Bank concept will be used to illustrate the practice of shared learning, expanding CED knowledge by sharing expertise and experience through exchanges between Canada and Bolivia.
To view a video on FONCRESOL’s communal bank model see: 
Empowering Women with Microcredit in Bolivia (Part 1):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=439uiVrzyO0&feature=related
Empowering Women with Microcredit in Bolivia (Part 2): 
Community Forestry in Nepal and British Columbia
Community forestry is happening in every forested country in the world. It is a system that acknowledges that local forests have long served as a source of water, food supplies livelihoods, living space, recreation, and inspiration for rural people. Nowhere has the community forestry movement taken hold in a greater way than in Nepal. The Nepali approach to community forestry has evolved over nearly 30 years out of a desire to devolve control to local people over the land and resources surrounding their communities. This presentation will tell the story of ongoing collaboration between the British Columbia Community Forestry Association and the Federation of Community Forestry Users-Nepal.
Websites:
BC Community Forestry Asssociation: http://bccfa.ca/
SPEAKERS:
• Art Lew, is the General Manager of Haida Gwaii Community Futures
• Mary Pullen, is the Program Officer, Sustainable Livelihoods – Bolivia, at Canadian Crossroads International
• Susan Mulkey is the Manager of Communication and Extension, with the BC Community Forest Association and served as a Uniterra volunteer in Nepal.
Podcast
The telelearning session was recorded. To listen the audio file click here.