knowledge4change consortium on training for Community Based Participatory Research
Since the launch of the Knowledge for Change Consortium for Training in CBR in June 2017, project co-chairs and their teams have established agreements to create 13 K4C training centres around the world. By linking higher education with the pillars that forge a civil society while including local knowledge makers, these hubs provide learning opportunities for a new generation of activist-scholars to learn about community based research through involvement in projects at the community level that bring about meaningful, positive change.
- Bogota, Colombia – The Bogota hub is a partnership between the Universidad de los Andes and the Uma Kiwe Centre for Participatory Action Research. The focus of their work is on contributing to the Peace process in their country. Four of their ‘mentors’ will be part of the Mentor Training Programme taught on line and face to face by Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon. the U de los Andes has agreed to host the next residency for Cohort 4 mentors in early November of 2019
- Victoria, BC, Canada – The Salish Sea K4C Hub is a partnership between the University of Victoria, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Victoria Foundation. Led by Dr. Crystal Tremblay UVic Advisor on Engaged Scholarship, the Salish Sea Hub emphasizes Indigenous research methods in their work with young people in university and the community.
- Jaipur, India – The Architecture and Design School in Manipal University works with community partners to provide CBR learning by doing with a focus on urban planning and engagement. Participatory engagement of slum dwellers and other previously excluded peoples are now involved in their training programmes.
- Raipur, Chhattisgarh – Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University is located in the state in India with the largest percentage of Indigenous peoples, 31 per cent. The Raipur Hub is located in the Centre for Women’s studies. Their training has a focus on widening access for Indigenous Women.
- Arusha, Tanzania – The Nyerere K4C hub is a partnership between the MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC) and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. Drawing on inspiration from early participatory research roots in Tanzania, The Nyerere hub is offering training with a focus on issues of food security and women’s leadership.
- Durbin, South Africa -The Durbin K4C hub is emerging via a partnership between the Durbin University of Technology and the Gandhi Trust, a community action organisation with a focus on youth at risk.
- Sardinia, Italy – The Sassari hub is a partnership between the University of Sassari and the Association of Social Workers. They provide graduate level training in CBR through a community engaged learning model working on issues of poverty and job creation.