COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY GLOBAL (CSG) IS A VOLUNTEER-BASED PROJECT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER ORGANIZATIONS (ESPECIALLY SOCIAL ENTERPRISES, NGOS AND GOVERNMENTS) AND INDIVIDUALS (MOSTLY EXPERTS) TO COMBINE EFFORTS IN A COMPLEMENTARY WAY TO PURSUE SUSTAINABILITY ENDS. TWO NGOS, HSDN INTERNATIONAL AND HUMAN DIGNITY FOUNDATION (HDF) IN NIGERIA, LAUNCHED THE PROJECT IN JANUARY 2019, BUT THE LIST OF PARTNERS IS GROWING. There is some pictures below of our project.
Led by HSDN’s First Director and Head of Research Temitope Onifade
but drawing on volunteer expert instructors, the idea behind the CSG project comes from the themes driving the two NGOs that started it. Combining the “holistic” approach of the HSDN International and the “dignity” focus of the HDF, the project seeks to deal with sustainability holistically without undermining the dignity of people. In practice, this idea implies that sustainability means different things at different places: our approach in poor communities in Africa is different from our approach in rich communities in North America; and conversely, how we approach rich communities in Africa is different from how we approach poor communities in North America.
Using diverse strategies well-suited for our host communities, we have been implementing the project in Nigeria and Canada. Reaching across two Nigerian states and a Canadian province, we organize workshops to teach community members about sustainability, help them to cut back on unsustainable behaviour and train them on more sustainable livelihood skills. We plan to expand our reach.