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
|Year||Scope of the Award||Case Study|
|International Broadcasting Trust||1993||To publish a Teachers’ Booklet to accompany a five part school series entitled Eye over Africa.|
|Bethel Business & Community Development Center||1994||The center is a rural education centre and the proposal was to produce a video followed up by a workshop to show the work they are undertaking|
|Alana Albee & Nandasiri Gamage||1994||To publish information about the Poor Women's Bank in Sri Lanka|
|Maria E Osses Adndrade||1994||To publish a Mapuche / Spanish illustrated dictionary|
|Dr Shahidul Alam||1994||Phase 1: To provide cameras and dark room facilities for children of migrant families to help them to try to understand the reasons for migration|
|Lakshmi Murthy||1995||To design appropriate visuals for rural target groups to avoid misinterpretation within varying illiterate groups to provide effective communication: presentations, exhibitions and workshops were organised and a manual produced.|
|Zollamerica Ortega||1995||To publish the results of a three-year effort in peace-building and rural development entitled 'Reconciliation through education and participative community development in the Nicaraguan countryside|