We hope you will take part fully in our eight day conference, learning and cultural programme, and we look forward to welcoming you to Dundee.
World Community Development 2019 Conference Chair
We are delighted to be able to welcome a fabulous array of keynote speakers to Dundee for what has now grown into an 8-day extravaganza! We have a range of keynote panels, including some of the most inspiring grassroots activists from across the world!
Monday 24th June 2019
Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government
Aileen was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government in June 2018. Aileen grew up on her parents’ tenant farm and attended Collace primary school and Perth Academy before graduating with an MA joint honours degree in Politics with Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. She started a career in publishing by working as an editor for Keystone, a construction
magazine, in 2003 and was an editorial assistant on the pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to parliament, Aileen also worked for Nicola Sturgeon in 2005 and Shona Robison in 2006 as a Parliamentary Assistant.
She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. She was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale in May 2011 and appointed as Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Public Health and Sport in May 2016.
Professor Greg Lloyd PhD, FAcSS, Professor Emeritus in Urban Planning at Ulster University and Visiting Professor in the Land Use Planning Group, Wageningen University will be another of our keynote speakers. Greg will bring invaluable connections to the conference key theme of ‘Place’, enabling us to bring a truly interdisciplinary flavour to our debates on the soul of community development. In his
career, Greg worked in Liverpool Polytechnic (Department of Town and Country Planning, 1976-1978) and the Universities of Aberdeen (Land Economy, 1978-1994), Dundee (School of Town and Regional Planning, 1994-2006) and Liverpool (Department of Civic Design, 2006-2008). At Ulster University, he served as Head of the School of the Built Environment (2008-2014).
Whilst in Northern Ireland, he was Ministerial Independent Expert Adviser on Reform of the Land Use Planning System in Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland Assembly Government, 2007 -2009; and member of the Best Commission into a Sustainable Future for Housing in Northern Ireland, 2009 – 2010. He is currently a Trustee & Director of the Planning Exchange Foundation and a member of the Editorial Board of Scottish Planning & Environment Law.
Professor Margaret Ledwith as Emeritus Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Cumbria and one of the coordinators for the international Collaborative Action Research Network, an approach to research that shares the principles and values of community development, Professor Ledwith brings a perspective that speaks to her practice and research experience.
For many years, Professor Ledwith was a grassroots community worker in a variety of contexts in Scotland and North-West England, and it was this experience of working with communities marginalised by structural discrimination that forged the foundation of a lifetime commitment to social justice. The years working with people in their communities form the basis for her ideas on radical community development, profoundly influenced by the work of Paulo Freire, developed in ideas and action for current practice. Her work has been published in book form as: Participating in Transformation: Towards a working model of community empowerment (1997), Community Development: A critical approach (2005) (also published in India), and, with Jane Springett, Participatory Practice: Community-based action for transformative change (2010). Policy Press awarded her their ‘Bestselling title of all time’ and a ‘Lifetime achievement’ for Community Development: A critical approach, and a second edition was published in 2011. A third edition will be published in 2019, situating community development theory and practice in these neoliberal times which have given rise to escalating world crises of social and
environmental justice. Professor Ledwith’s latest book, published in 2016, is Community Development in Action: Putting Freire into practice, endorsed by Nita Freire.
Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey Author, Musician and Social Commentator. Darren McGarvey is the Orwell Prize winning author of Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass and has drawn several comparisons with George Orwell himself from public figures like Andrew Adonis and Paul Mason. Poverty Safari is an Amazon and Sunday Times Best-Seller and continues to garner positive reviews and media coverage for its unique blend of memoir, journalism and polemic on the topic of poverty.
Loki – the Scottish Rapper is the critically acclaimed musical alter-ego of Darren McGarvey. With a string of releases from 2003 – 2008, including Friendly World and Summer Knows A Darker Shade of Grey, Loki became one of Scottish Hip Hop’s most influential artists; contributing to the popularisation of the Scottish accent in rap music. His more recent works include Government Issue Music Protest and Trigger Warning; two interconnected conceptual albums exploring themes of identity, class and nationalism. In 2018, Loki staged the 60-minute show Poverty Safari Live at the Edinburgh Fringe, blending elements of rap, music, spoken word and stand-up comedy. The show was well-received by audiences and reviewers alike and a national tour is now in the works. In short, Loki’s influence is present wherever Scottish rap is found.
Tuesday 25th June 2019
Virgínia Brás Gomes is Former Chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Senior Social Policy Adviser for the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal She was born in Goa, India, where she graduated from Bombay University. Chair of the Board of the Portuguese UNICEF Committee. Member of the International Board of PWESCR (Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and of the Portuguese Committee for Human Rights. Former Board Member of the European Roma Rights Foundation. Former member of the UNRISD Advisory Group for the project on Linking Social Protection and Human Rights, and of the European Social Network High-Level Advisory Group on De-institutionalization.
Distinguished Guest Lecturer in the LLM Program in Intercultural Human Rights at the St. Thomas University School of Law (2018); Invited expert at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University / College of Asia & the Pacific (2015); Faculty member of the Leadership Institute in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2011 to 2015). She has conducted training in treaty body reporting and on human rights in Africa, Asia and Europe, on behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Published articles include Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Monitoring, interpreting, and adjudicating health-related human rights (co-authorship); The right to work and rights at work: gender implications; New European Asylum Procedures: One step forward, two steps back?; Human Rights and Development: the two sides of the same coin; and Multicultural Europe: combating racism and intolerance.
Ms Brás Gomes says…
“In this changing world, States have to cover traditional risks as well as face new ones in an active and preventative manner, within a context of scarce resources, with clear goals and strategies for integrated economic and social policies. Central to these goals and strategies is the principle of equality of rights, conditions and opportunities, which refer broadly to ways in which people are able to participate in society as citizens, to exercise their entitlement to resources, and their ability to contribute to the well-being of themselves, their families and their communities. This is a great definition of sustainable development at national and international levels, that I look forward to further discussing at the World Community Development Conference.”
Jennifer Wallace is Head of Policy and Joint Interim CEO at the Carnegie UK Trust, where she leads the Wellbeing and Towns team. An experienced manager and public policy researcher and analyst, her work in the public and voluntary sector has led to positive change in legislation, policy and practice. A prolific writer she has authored more than 40 reports and 3 books and is a recognised expert on wellbeing, public sector reform and community empowerment.
She holds the degrees of MA (Hons) in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and MPhil in Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the REF 2021 Main Panel for the Social Sciences, a board member at Barony Housing Association and past Convenor of Evaluation Support Scotland.
Kavita Chetty is Head of Strategy and Legal at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Kavita is a qualified lawyer with a masters in international human rights law from the London School of Economics. She has specialised in human rights over the last 15 years and has worked alongside government, public bodies, civil society and multinational corporations to advance the realisation of human rights. Her human rights capacity building work has taken her to Sudan, India, Bangladesh and South Africa.
Kavita has contributed to the work of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, and has worked as a consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In Scotland Kavita has worked closely with the care sector and local government in implementing human rights in practice. Kavita has a particular interest in the justiciability and implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. She recently represented the Commission on Scotland’s First Minister’s Advisory Group for Human Rights Leadership. Kavita believes in the need to build stronger public ownership of human rights and ensuring people’s experiences directly shape law, policy and decision making.
Davie Donaldson is a Scottish Traveller Activist, and a campaigner for equality and inclusion. Using his lived experience he supports government policy-makers at a local, national and international level to increase the inclusivity of policy towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller peoples. He was a key figure in the foundation of the Gypsy Traveller Youth Assembly of Scotland, is the Chair of Romano Lav in Glasgow and a student of Social Anthropology and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. Davie has spoken regularly around the country and in the media internationally about the discrimination faced by the Traveller community; all in the hopes of building better community understanding and positive relations. He is involved in many projects to empower the voice of young Travellers and support them to conserve their history and promote their culture in a contemporary Scotland.
Jacky Close is Development Coordinator of Faith in Community Dundee. Jacky has worked in practitioner/manager roles in community development for over 20 years, with a particular focus on poverty and inequality. Working first in Glasgow and now Dundee, she worked alongside young people, families, asylum seekers/refugees, faith communities and others, seeking always to work in collaboration with partners, participants and communities.
In recent years she facilitated a poverty truth commission: Dundee Fighting for Fairness – a participative process rebalancing power dynamics to create a movement for positive social change. ‘People with influence need to “become comfortable with being uncomfortable”. The way you have captured and used people’s lived experience to be Dundee’s voice and influence is powerful. We will only make Dundee a fairer city by truly co-producing how we move forward.’ – Attendee at the DFFF event.
Anastasia Crickley chair of the Organising Group for WCDC 2018 and VicePresident of IACD has been involved in community work locally nationally and internationally for more than fifty years and she also seeks to bring its values and principles to a variety of associated areas. She successfully sought to bring a community development perspective to her work as a member then chairperson of the UN Treaty Body on racism (CERD) 2010 – 2018 ensuring enhanced and direct engagement of civil society and local voices in the UN struggle against racism globally. She continues this in her work to promote independence and rights through the current reform of the UN Treaty Body System. As first chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency she championed the setting up of the successful Civil Society Platform and her OSCE and Council of Europe roles also reflect this commitment.
Anastasia returned to Ireland from working with Irish emigrants in the UK to take up a position at Maynooth University in 1982. She contributed significantly to the development of what became the Dept of Applied Social Studies from which she retired as Head of Dept in 2015 leaving a suite of professional Community and Youth Work and Social Science programmes at every level from outreach to doctoral. From the outset she successfully prioritized access to higher education by participants from the marginalized and minority communities, including Travellers, targeted by community and youth work interventions and continues this work nationally.
In line with her own commitment to a just and equal society where the rights of all are recognised and realised, and believing ongoing practice to be essential for community work educators Anastasia became involved in the setting up of, and continues to contribute to, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and the European Network against Racism. She led the development of the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas which later campaigned successfully for release of the Birmingham Six and other Mis-carriages of Justice prisoners and was chair of Ireland’s National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism until it’s abolition in 2008.
Anastasia integrates her long term commitment to women’s rights into all her work – most recently as a member of UN Women’s Expert Group on Women Migrants in the frame of the UN Global Migration Compact to which she also contributed. She served a term as a member of Ireland’s Council of State from 2004/2011
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Dr Oliver Escobar is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, a collaborative research programme to advance public service reform, community empowerment and social justice. He also co-leads Smart Urban Intermediaries, a European project about community development practices in ‘smart cities’; and Distant Voices: Coming Home, an arts-based initiative to change public conversations about criminal justice and (re)integration.
Oliver’s areas of research, teaching and practice are democracy, governance and participation. He holds advisory roles with public and third sector organisations, including Democratic Audit UK, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Glasgow City Council, Audit Scotland, Open Government Partnership, Public Square and Inclusion Scotland. He coordinates the Citizen Participation Network, has worked in research projects nationally and internationally, and is involved in developing democratic innovations (i.e. participatory budgeting and mini-publics) across policy arenas in Scotland and beyond. In the last decade, he has delivered over thirty courses in public engagement and facilitation practice for over 400 participants.
Prior to his academic career, Oliver was a radio contributor, published three poetry books, and worked in retail management and as a labourer in the fishing and construction industries. Twitter: @OliverEscobar More: http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/academic_staff/oliver_escobar
Aroha Te Namu and Amiria Fletcher from Community Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand.
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua rao ko Matawhao āku waka
Ko Nukutawhiti rao ko Kupe ngā Rangatira
Ko Kuao rao ko Rahiri ngā tāngata
Ko Ngāpuhi tōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Moerewa ki Ngāti Rangi rātou ko Te
Hikutu, ko Ngāti Kaharau, ko Ngati Manu āku
Ko Tautoro a rao ko Te Ramaroa a Kupe āku
Ko Kereru te roto, ko Tūwhatero ā Kupe te
Ko Pūnakitere rao ko Whirinaki āku awa
Ko Te Rīngi rao ko Moria āku marae
Ko Aroha Te Namu ahau
He Kākano ahau I ruia mai I Rangiātea!
I am a seed born of greatness
Aroha Te Namu
My background is steeped in my cultural traditions and beliefs. I approach my work and engagement within the many communities I work with the essence of our Māori cultural traditions, principles of our Ngāpuhitanga (tribal) tīkanga (principles), kawa (protocol), tīakitanga (caring), ngākau mahaki (empathy).
I was educated with our native language not spoken freely in our home, and focussed on an education to be Pākeha English. As was told to me by my father “the Pākeha way is the future, Māori won’t get you anywhere in life”. In my mid-twenties I re-educate myself for a positive life for my little family and supported by my siblings I completed a bachelor of education specialising in Te Hūārahi Maori teaching (double
degree in teaching in both Māori and English).
I transferred my educational knowledge and applied it to working with an under resourced community in West Auckland, McLaren Park Henderson South Community Trust developing education programmes for toddlers, youth and adults which has been a highlight of some of the community development work I have led. I now work for Community Waitakere Charitable Trust engaging with Māori and Pasifika. This however, does not exclude working with the other diverse ethnic communities in Waitakere West Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand.
Khaleda Noon is CEO of Intercultural Youth Scotland. Khaleda founded Intercultural Youth Scotland, through her own experience of poverty, racism, disability and inequality growing up in Scotland. Her practice comes from working directly with intercultural young people over the past 10 years to highlight current needs and lack of change.
She campaigns to implement and embedded improvements in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and has continued professional learning and successful activities and outcomes. All of her practice has been critical to building the capacity required to ensure sustainable improvements in excellence, equity and justice, forming policies in consultation with a wide range of partners.
Khaleda has influenced change with schools and organisations, building lasting legacies by assessing different needs and securing partnerships with representatives of diverse groups and a wide range of experts.
Some her work includes designing multiple heritage projects resulting in Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremonies at Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh City Chambers for over 150 young people, the largest amount of young people of colour participation in the history of Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Scotland.
She has produced 6 social inclusion films, used as cultural awareness resources for schools and organisations, showcasing the voices of intercultural young people in Scotland.
– Finalist Scottish Charity Awards – Most Pioneering Charity Award 2019 (results in June 2019)
– Winner of Youthlinks National Equality & Diversity Award 2019
– Winner Action for Children’s UK Walter Tull Inclusion Award 2019
– Finalist for CEMVO’s National Impact on Education Award (2018)
– Finalist for Youthlinks National Awards – Innovative team of the year (2016)
– Finalist of the Youthlinks National Awards – Manager of the year (2015)
Dr Yaser Alashqar from Trinity College Dublin, will be joining an international panel of activists for a critically reflective dialogue on the connections between community development and activism in times where marginalised groups are increasingly targeted and scapegoated within mainstream narratives. Yaser lectures in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin (the University of Dublin) in Ireland. His areas of research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, mediation, comparative peace processes, civil society and conflict resolution studies including Israeli-Palestinian issues. He has published academic papers and articles related to these topics. He is also an academic member of the Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of London.
Dessie Donnelly is Director at the Belfast-based Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR – www.pprproject.org) and has been with the organisation since its inception in 2006. PPR organises across a range of social and economic rights issues and jurisdictions, building power with marginalised communities to force accountability and transparency from the state, expand democratic participation and affect real change. Prior to PPR, Dessie was an organiser in both the Irish and north American labour union movements. Dessie is also qualified software developer interested in leveraging the power of technology to strengthen social justice movements.
We are also absolutely thrilled that our final keynote panelist to be joining us is Kelli Mafort from the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement. Kelli is part of the national coordinating group for the movement, as well as an experienced grassroots activist and academic. Kelli’s is a qualified pedagogue with a doctorate in social sciences and will be bringing her extensive experience to our final inspirational panel.
We are delighted to be welcoming Vox Liminis to our closing ceremony. Vox Liminis is a Glasgow-based creative arts and community organisation working with people involved in all parts of the criminal justice system – including individuals who are directly affected, families, practitioners, and the wider public – to spark fresh conversations and insights for positive change in how we deal with crime and punishment in our society. Donna Maciocia and Alison Urie will be providing a performance and discussion of of some songs produced in workshops with people with a wide range of experiences of criminal justice, illustrating how these songs represent those experiences, and how sharing them might permit a different quality of dialogue by inviting us to cross thresholds and explore margins.
Donna Maciocia has over 18 years experience as a multi-instrumental live/recording artist, singer and songwriter in a variety of original/function acts across the UK and abroad. Donna is driven by a desire to help others and ultimately seek to make a real difference in the charity, educational or social care sectors, supporting disadvantaged groups through music. Her current work portfolio includes the Ensemble project with Loretto Care, Milton Arts Project, and work with Vox Liminis.
Alison Urie has led the development of Vox Liminis. Prior to this Alison led the first 10 years of youth community organisation Hot Chocolate Trust, building creative community development work in Dundee. Alongside this work she has pursued interdisciplinary studies in Youth Work and Community Learning & Development, Theology and Urban Studies.