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
U Aanbarusu 1998 To produce a film on organic compost production using locally available resource and material
Rev Canon Zedekiah Otsulah Chunge 1998 To disseminate existing data to farmers to encourage / enable them to supplement their cane growing with increased food production - by intercropping with short term food / fodder crops
Alice M Achieng 1997 To print and circulate a Newsletter on Civic Education Awareness for Kenyan Women, planned to coincide with the elections being held in Kenya in 1997; The newsletter was based on workshops that had already taken place
Daniel D Adjokatcher 1997 To produce a documentary video on the alternative sustainable and cost-effective sources of energy available to people in rural areas and to show more efficient uses to which their energy resources could be put
Dr David Millar 1996 To set up a resource centre for indigenous knowledge in the north of Ghana
Dr Meenakshi Sundram 1996 He is working to raise awareness of Indian rural development issues in the UK and to share the experience with the beneficiaries of the work of INDEX in Tamil Nadu. He visited the UK during 1998
Isabel Ibarrola Uriarte 1996 Isabel returned to Mexico after finishing her studies in Scotland and the award enabled her to hold a series of workshops, initially for the staff and beneficiaries of the Morelense Network, Mexico, on the role of NGOs in sustainable development and to publish a paper