This fund was established, with contributions from family, friends and colleagues, in memory of the late David Moore.
With proceeds from the fund’s investments, an award is made to a young person engaged in the study of rural development and social change in Europe and/or the Third World. The award is intended to enable the recipient to supplement academic course work with some practical investigation or research in poor rural areas, leading to a report or dissertation.
Since the fund’s inception, more than 25 young people have received an award. Since 2012 these funds have been used to support young development professionals in their career. These awards are not open to application, but are allocated by invitation only.
One award was made in 2012 to Caoimhe Ní Dhónaill, a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast. Caoimhe attended the Arkleton Trust Seminar as the rapporter. A copy of Caoimhe’s seminar report is available here.
One award was made in 2009 to Jessica Frank, a student at Imperial College London. Her work involves working towards her Masters dissertation and a ‘Framework Gambian National Strategy for Clean Energy Projects, Carbon Emissions Trading and Microfinance for the Benefit of the Rural Poor’. Supported by the university she will also be working with the NGO ‘Concern Universal’. As part of her award Jessica has also been invited to attend the final seminar on adaptation to climate change as the reporter. A case study of Jessica’s work is available here.
In recognition of the fact that it was the 20th anniversary of the David Moore Awards two larger awards were offered. The first was awarded to Rhona Barr, a student at Imperial College, London; and the second award was given to Chris Madine, a student at Newcastle university;
The research projects were all on the impacts of climate change on rural communities. Chris’s research focused on the socio-economic effect of ground level ozone on farming in the UK; and Rhona’s focused on the potential for marine resource protection through environmental service markets – partically the livelihoods of small fishermen in Mexico.
One award was made in 2005 to Jessica Fenn, a student at the University of Wales. The proposal was to research the value placed upon education in rural areas and the direct effect it was thought to have upon those receiving the education and the secondary effects it has upon their families and the wider community. The research looked particularly at primary education. It looked at government policy on education and the goals of education in achieving rural development in Mityana and Kampala (Uganda) on a comparative basis.
The Trustees decided not to make an award in 2004 in order to preserve funds.
One award was made in 2003 to Preeti Mann, a student at St Cross College, Oxford and a Rhodes Scholar. She was studying Social Anthropology.
Preeti’s research aimed to study identity changes amongst the Gond tribals who have been displaced due to the Rihand Thermal Power Plant which belongs to the National Thermal Power corporation.
One award was made in 2002 to Thomas Yarrow, a student at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge studying Social Anthropology.
Thomas’ project traced the manner in which information is relayed, extended, reduced, translated and modified as it flows through an international organisation and across rural policies and their implementation.
Three awards were made during 2001, to two students from the University of Edinburgh and to one student from Cambridge University. The research projects being undertaken by the winners are:
- To map the distribution of sleeping sickness cases in Soroti, to identify the most probable point source of the outbreak and to quantify the prevalence of infection in the cattle population, using cattle markets as a means of having access to cattle from many parts of the district.
Final Output: PhD dissertation
- To explore development agencies from the outside-in: the fieldwork will take place in Nepal and aims to find out how a rural community in Far Western Nepal views social change in their community.
Final Output: 10,000 dissertation (counting for third of degree)
- To analyse critical evaluations of neo-colonialism and the export of Euro-centric values associated with development projects, which are conditioned by economic and political criteria: the research will look at the social relationships and political processes underpinning EU development strategies and projects in Cuba.
Final Output: PhD Thesis