Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a process that empowers people in poor communities to ultimately help themselves.

Sustainable development is powerful, longlasting development.

Sustainable development is an EMPOWERING process that places those being affected at the centre of their own development.

People are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and appropriate values and attitudes to act and manage their own development.

Sustainable Development is a HOLISTIC approach that considers:
• • • • Human Rights Gender Equity Environment Effective Communication

Sustainable development is non-discriminatory and protects the dignity of all people.

It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, political opinion, national or social origin, or birth status.

All sustainable development projects must be:

• Planned • Monitored and • Evaluated

Development considers Human Rights
Sustainable development must take into account basic human rights as agreed upon in 1948 by all member countries of the United Nations.

UN Declaration of Human Rights
In 1948 the United Nations passed the · Freedom of peaceful assembly and of Declaration of Human Rights. Here is a association summary of that document.

· Seek and receive information and ideas Every human being has the right to: · Take part in politics · Life · Work · Liberty and security of person · Fair wages and equal pay for equal · Not be a slave work · Not be tortured · Social security · Protection of the law · A decent standard of living · A fair and public hearing in the courts · Join a trade union · Be presumed innocent until proved · Rest and leisure guilty · Education · Freedom of movement and residence · Marry and raise a family All of these rights apply to everyone regardless of race, colour, gender, · Own property language, religion, · Freedom of thought, conscience or political opinion, social origin, religion property or birth order. · Freedom of opinion and expression

Sustainable Development Includes:

Men and women of the community

Long-term Planning

Infrastructure building (with local products and people power)
• • • • Roads Housing Dams Buildings – including schools and medical posts

Water and food availability and security
• Building water posts or wells • Growing and rotating crops • Growing different vegetables for variety

Income generation
• Teaching practical ways for families to become self-sufficient

Health Education
• • • • • Eating a variety of foods Washing hands Safe toileting Brushing teeth Visiting a medical post when ill
• Etc

Primary school education

HIV/AIDS Education

Birth Education

Peace and Reconciliation Education

Conservation of nonrenewable resources and finding alternate resources


A knowledge of how to network
• With local governments • With state and federal governments • With other development organisations in the area

ALWS and Sustainable Development – Dare to Dream a Different World

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