We are thrilled to announce the 2019  GPFD/BCF Community-Driven Development Forum, which will be held on June 26th-28th in Arusha, Tanzania. With the theme of “Sustainable Development,” this event is possible due to a generous grant from the Brethren Community Foundation (BCF). The Forum presents an unparalleled opportunity for East Africans and Americans with a wide range of skill sets, knowledge, and experiences to come together to explore sustainability issues, collaborate on innovative ideas, and learn from one another.

Sustainable development is vital to addressing East Africa’s problems in the long-term, yet sustainability is too often overlooked and undervalued. When faced with extreme poverty, rapid population growth, and lack of basic infrastructure, East African communities and NGOs frequently ignore the economic, social, and environmental challenges of sustainability. Through the Forum, we aim  to advance practical and effective solutions to building resilient and sustainable East African communities.

Many of our staff and partners across East Africa, as well as faculty members and BCF fellowship recipients from Whittier College, will be participating in and contributing to the Forum. We are pleased to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Peter Verbiscar-Brown, GPFD Executive Director Emeritus and current board member. We are greatly looking forward to this rewarding and informative event!