Children in Sibulan, Philippines.
© CI/Photo by Russ Mittermeier
In September 2008, USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health announced the award of a new PHE technical leadership project to the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island (URI), the Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project. BALANCED is a five-year, multi-million dollar project and CI is a strategic partner along with PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. (PFPI).
Building on almost a decade of USAID investments in PHE global leadership and field-based projects, the BALANCED project will promote wider adoption and use of effective PHE approaches worldwide. It aims to:
- Enable local communities to become PHE champions by building their capacity to plan, implement and carry out demand-driven integrated programs in health and conservation. Capacity building strategies include peer-to-peer mentoring, south-to-south exchanges, and innovative learning techniques.
- Synthesize and develop state-of-the art PHE knowledge and communicate that knowledge to key audiences, in order to better disseminate and showcase PHE approaches as a biodiversity conservation tool.
- Scale-up, build on, and foster the implementation of field-based PHE initiatives in areas of high biodiversity.
CI’s many years of on-the-ground experience in integrated health and biodiversity conservation will help inform and shape BALANCED’s future capacity building and knowledge management activities, in addition to promoting field-based projects in biodiversity hotspots around the world.
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