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Village Earth Welcomes Our Newest Affiliate “Ger Community Mapping Center” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Village Earth is happy to announce the newest member of our Global Affiliate Program “Ger Community Mapping Center” based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ger Community Mapping Center (GCMC) is a non – governmental organization dedicated to sustainable, equal access urban development through community engagement and participatory decision-making. The GCMC, formerly a community group named Eco Friendly Community, has been doing community mapping activities in the ger areas since 2012.

Ger promotes community mapping as a planning, awareness and outreach tool to advocate for sustainable, participatory and eco-friendly solutions to address local urban problems.​​ ​​​The central focus of their work is to engage local communities in discussions about issues they face in their local environment. As a former community group, they know how to reach out to and involve community members and do this by facilitating discussions with community members through community workshops, street meetings and gatherings. At these discussions they collectively identify issues, solutions and the next steps to improve these people’s communities.

We encourage you to follow Ger Community Mapping Project on Facebook and Twitter.

Village Earth is proud to represent and support so many amazing organizations around the globe.  These organizations understand the challenges in their own community and environment, and can generate creative solutions.  They often, however, need additional support to gain greater control over the decisions and resources that shape their lives, whether it’s cleaner water, protected land, thriving enterprises or better access to healthcare and education. Your donation to any of Village Earth’s Global Affiliates is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by U.S. law.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Summer II Session

GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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Summer I Session

GSLL 1524 – Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

This course will examine entrepreneurship and enterprise generation as a key foundation of the development of both economic and social capital, as well as individual and community empowerment. Its main emphasis will be the exploration of entrepreneurship with an imperative to drive social change and build sustainable ventures.

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