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Community Engagement through Drama

Dr. Gill Black

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Summary: Dr. Gill Black is the co-founder and Director of Health and Welfare at The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF). In this inteview, we discuss with Dr. Black one of SLF’s groundbreaking projects that uses drama to engage local communities around issues related to TB and HIV/AIDS. The goal of the foundation is to contribute towards eliminating poverty through undertaking original research and engaging with communities to develop and advance innovative approaches to strengthening livelihoods. SLF undertakes several projects to achieve its objectives:

  • To undertake path-breaking, state of the art, pragmatic research into the constraints and obstacles to human development and make this knowledge accessible to a wider audience, through simplification and audio and visual communication
  • To undertake creative public engagement with communities, learning of their challenges and equipping them with knowledge and skills to foster resilience and strengthen their livelihood opportunities
  • To conceptualize and pioneer innovative development practice to influence policy and programs and to apply these ideas through micro-projects to demonstrate their effectiveness and sustainability

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