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
Ken Kalonde 2000 To publish and promote a booklet on herbal medicines and treatments (Malawi)
C Paul Alaga Rasan 2000 To produce/distribute a video entitled Innovative Backyard Mini Fish Farming. (Tamil Nadu)
Mokbul Morshed Ahmed 2000 To publish a book on the NGOs in Bangladesh to attempt to make clear the understanding among donors, academics, state, civil society and the general public about their activities. The book has been published and there is a copy in the Trust office.
Kimanzi Muthengi 1999 To produce a video entitled 'Lessons and challenges of the PRA methodology in the Third World: The Kenyan experience'
Oyundari Gaisandorj 1999 To publish a Mongolian translation of R Emil Newman's book called the complete handbook on health and tips - the first translation of any Mongolian book
Badrul Alam 1999 To publish a book entitled 'Medicinal plants for livestock and poultry in disaster prone areas'. The book has been published in both Bangla and English
Kayode Olumide Egbeleye 1998 To produce a multi-media package entitled Hands on the Deck geared towards the information / skills transfer needs of field workers etc.