Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

GCI Special Event - Fellow Seminar

"Building from Individual and Family Assets: Community Development in the Gedam Sefer Neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia."

Richard S. Kordesh, PhD, GCI Fellow
Mulu Yeneabat, MSW, Project Coordinator, Gedam Sefer University-Community Partnership
Alice Butterfield, PhD, Professor, UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 2pm

Join us for a discussion and exploration of the speakers’ unique collaborative community
development practice and research facilitated by a US-Ethiopian partnership involving two universities – UIC and Addis Ababa University - and residents of the Gedam Sefer neighborhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With support from the Oak Foundation of Geneva, Switzerland, this partnership has mobilized youth, adults, families, and associations to work together to articulate their aspirations for a stronger community, beginning with their own assets. Opening strategies that have emerged include youth development through the theatre, arts, and capacity building for family and community enterprises. The speakers will describe how Urban Planning and Social Work faculty work with existing community leaders in Ethiopia to identify near-term and long-term steps to community revitalization as well as how ongoing research links the process to the larger literature in comparative social development.


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