Shuguang Community Development Center
The NGO Sichuan Shuguang Community Development Training Center aims to strengthen community abilities and to promote communities’ “harmonious development” and well-being through participatory work methods. It is collaborating with the Plateau Perspectives team on several projects, including the development of herders’ associations and local development revolving funds.
Affiliated with the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, NGO Shuguang leaders Dr Han Wei and Dr Du Ling collaborated with Plateau Perspectives and Tibetan herding communities in Lari village and Dangqu village in Zhiduo County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province – bringing training in project design and management for local associations and cooperatives.
In September 2015, the NGO leaders also visited Lhatse to provide Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) training to government staff. In April 2016, village leaders from Tibet visited Xiaojing village in Sichuan where the successes in village self-government, management of small-scale loans and community income generation initiatives were demonstrated.
As one of the Shuguang managers has aptly said, “Poverty is not just an economic issue. It is one of the public affairs of community. Poverty reduction will be more sustainable and effective when we build the community’s management capacity and then take collective actions to realize development.”
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