Bernard Conyers Award

During his life, Bernard Conyers saw a great lack of opportunity for less advantaged people to publish or disseminate their original work and on his death his daughter donated a sum of money to the Arkleton Trust to create a fund specifically to encourage the dissemination of information, findings or new ideas related to rural development practice.

Early Bernard Conyers awards gave priority to material relating to the Third World, the links between Europe and the Third World or the lessons which Europe can learn from the Third World experience. Currently the Bernard Conyers Funds are being used for the Arkleton Trust Fellowships.

Background Information to the Bernard Conyers Awards

Developments in the European and International arenas have heightened the need for The Arkleton Trust to enhance its activities to assist rural development in the poorer countries of Eastern and Central Europe and in the third world. In the last decade the Trust’s strategy was to focus on a selected number of key themes of international relevance and contemporary importance for rural peoples, especially the most vulnerable, and on specific niche areas within these themes. Each theme will have a minimum duration of two years in the first instance. The first theme which the Trust concentrated on was "Rural Community Strategies For Managing The Economic And Social Impacts Of Climate Change". The second set of fellowships were on the theme "How Rural Communities Adapt to Climate Change".  The third theme was "Doing Rural Development in the Economic Down Turn".  From 2013 the Trust is focusing its Fellowships on promoting exchange of learning through study trips by groups of practitioners (although the group could also include academics and policy makers if relevant).  The topic or theme of the study trip exchanges is open.  Particular interest is placed on learning in and from African nations.


Comments and Reflections From past Awardees

Lakshmi Murthy

Yearsort ascending Scope of the Award Case Study
Anne I Blanchard 2002 To provide information on the environment, resources, native species etc. via the internet. (Armenia)
Era Fiyantiningrum ReaD 2002 To produce, film and distribute a 30 minute video entitled "Peasants Sovereignty on Water Resources". The object is to provide an alternative media for NGOs and grassroots personnel. (Indonesia)
Mr Kshitij Joshi 2002 To develop an interactive CD ROM comprising of real life stories highlighting concerns, ideas, opinions and solutions by disadvantaged youth from seven countries of Asia and Africa. (Sri Lanka)
Mr Josiah Omotto 2002 To produce and disseminate a video in close collaboration with the community and project partners, showing the successes, challenges and lessons learnt by the Maasai Integrated Shelter Programme. (Kenya)
Manfa Lutfie Elpar 2001 To make and publish comics by peasants entitled The Voice of Silence. The comics will document the peasant’s original experiences in their own words and will help to document their struggles for their rights and for empowerment in the rural areas. (Indonesia)
Dan Otieno Ong’or 2001 To produce a video film to show the ramifications of poverty against a rich fishery resource base in Lake Victoria. In addition to publish a book from the proceedings of a workshop. (Kenya)
Ben Wensley 2001 To publish a handbook written in Sanskrit text, entitled "Women's Health and Medicinal Plants"; The book will be published by Jajarkot Permaculture Programme and will be used in workshops and as a handbook. (Nepal)