Recognised for promoting the value of knowledge sharing, the Seminars that the Arkleton Trust hosts bring together people from all over the world with rural concerns to discuss and exchange views. We meet as individuals, sharing a common concern, so the seminar takes the form of a round table debate under Chatham House rules.
Prior to a Seminar the Trust prepares a paper, which reflects upon major issues recently raised, and what they mean, provided by our fellows, awardees and trustees. Furthermore, at the seminar the Trust is interested in hearing the views of the invitees (not their organisations), bringing together the participants to discuss commonalities in opportunities and challenges in their rural communities and discuss common thematic issues. As with all Arkleton Seminars there will be external invitees to participate with a view to transferring the lessons from the grassroots level to the academic and policy arenas. This offers a valuable opportunity to policy makers and academics to hear first hand from rural practitioners.
The seminar, hosted at Sandele Eco Retreat and Learning Centre in The Gambia (www.sandele.com), was split into two parts. Arkleton Trust hosted the first three days. An issues paper had been prepared in advance formed from information provided by the awardees who had been involved in recent exchange trips. The issues paper reflected upon…
Rural Development in an Age of Austerity Seminar, 2012