International Development Week
On Feb. 9 2023, The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) held a seminar for International Development Week. Colleen Hanley, Vice Chair and Secretary of BCCIC’s Board of Directors and an ICO volunteer, raised various issues facing the Maasai people of Maasai-land (Northern Tanzania and Kenya) with leaders in the Maasai community, including Kitesho Namayani Rapey Edward and Clamian Kitesho.
The seminar, entitled “Inside & Out: Guarding Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Tanzania,” covered the topics of protecting rights and land, women taking on leadership roles (e.g., in village banks and small businesses), and peace and security issues. The participants discussed various interconnected problems, including the following:
- lack of education and poverty;
- gender injustice, such as the burden on women and girls of collecting water, which hinders their involvement in economic and educational activities;
- food security, including malnutrition, dietary shifts from livestock products, and the need for drought-resistant crops;
- the protection of Maasai culture and traditions, which is tied closely to land and wildlife protection; and
- the climate crisis, particularly the impact of a long drought.
You can view the entire seminar free-of-charge here on YouTube.
BCCIC and ICO
The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and InnovativeCommunities.org (ICO) Foundation have been partners for many years. BCCIC can provide helpful resources to frontline ICO workers to enable better working relationships with their partners in Tanzania. BCCIC provides frames of reference and tools to help ICO frontline workers to be more effective, such as providing perspectives on key social issues.
Camosun College Thanks ICO Volunteers
Camosun College faculty member, Anne Borrowman, sent this thank you note to ICO volunteers.
“Camosun College Marketing Project Management (MARK 420) students and myself are extremely grateful to ICO and Initiative partners for contributing their time over the past two years as clients for student projects.
The dedication and passion of ICO volunteers to their respective initiative while supporting student learning and perspective of international development is so appreciated.
The experience students gain through working with you often creates an awareness they will reflect on for years to come – and potentially become an ICO volunteer themselves.
Again, thank you and it is a privilege working with such an impactful organization.”
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