Community Development - Testing the Entrepreneurial Approach
Speakers: Ms. Rudo Kwaramba, National Director, World Vision
Uganda, Rev. Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia and Dr. David
Lansley, Senior Economist, World Vision Australia
The first seminar of the week was Tuesday’s World Vision presentation entitled, “Community Development – Testing the Entrepreneurial Approach”
(podcast 6.9MB). It was a delight to hear from Reverend Tim Costello,
CEO of World Vision Australia, together with Ms. Rudo Kwaramba,
National Director of World Vision Uganda, who spoke on the importance
of developing genuine partnerships between aid agencies, local
communities and entrepreneurial business organisations.
The speakers focused on how these partnerships deliver real and sustainable
community benefits, often more successfully than government efforts.
Following the seminar, the World Vision guests attended a lunch hosted
by Professor Margaret Abernethy, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and
Commerce. Both graduate and undergraduate students, who are actively
involved in global causes such as sustainability, poverty and social
entrepreneurship, were invited to join the lunch also attended by
senior University and Faculty staff.
The lunch was a perfect platform to discuss the partnership between World Vision and the
University’s Knowledge Transfer and Partnerships Office. A
collaboration which focuses on economics, aid policy and global health
is currently being developed.