Development initiatives investigated

 

The Solar Night Schools Program – The Barefoot College • India

Migrants education, solar energy and drinking water solutions, healthcare, communication and culture, social empowerment

Tilonia, Rajasthan, India

Website

Data collection: Sep - Nov’12


Researchers: Mark Mason and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip to nights schools (open and semi-open ended interviews, direct observation, internal documents analysis) and documentary analysis.

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Friends of Calakmul • Mexico

Amigos de Calakmul

Environmental protection and local development

Mexico City and Campeche, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Jan’13

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interviews with project leader) and documentary analysis.

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The Tumin Project • Mexico

Mercado Alternativo y Economía Solidaria 

Alternative Barter System for local development

Espinal, Veracruz, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Jan’13

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interviews with project leaders and partners, direct observation), and documentary/web analysis.

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The Tlaloc Barters Group • Mexico

Red de Multitrueque Tláloc

Alternative Barter System for local development

Mexico City, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Jan’13

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader) and documentary/web analysis.

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Escuela Nueva Foundation • Colombia

Fundación Escuela Nueva 

Quality rural education

Colombia

Website

Data collection: Jan’13

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Phone interview with Co-Author of Escuela Nueva Model, Founder, and Executive Director of FEN and documentary analysis.

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Project Health and Joy • Brazil

Centro de Estudos Avançados de Promoção Social e Ambiental - Projeto Saude e Alegria 
Project Health and Happiness
Proyecto Salud y Alegría Healthcare, education, territorial management, alternative energies solutions, etc. Santarem, Brazil Website Data collection: Mar’13 Researchers: Emilia Szekely Research methods: Field research to communities in the Amazon, open-ended interviews with project leaders and partners, direct observation ,and documentary analysis. See more here

ChildFund International • International

Socio-economic development for children and their communities

International

Website

Data collection: Feb’13
Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Documentary analysis and personal interview with former ChildFund Mexico fundraiser.

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Center for Complexity Sciences – National Autonomous University of Mexico • Mexico

Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


National problem-based interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial research

Mexico City, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Dic’15 - May’16

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field research (open-ended interviews with project leaders and participants, direct observation) and documentary/web analysis.

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Guadalajara Time Bank • Mexico

Banco del Tiempo de Guadalajara 

Alternative Barter System for local development

Guadalajara, Mexico

More information at La Cooperacha's Website

Data collection: Abr’16

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Online interview with project’s creator.

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The Shelter • Mexico

El Refugio

Alternative tourism that uses alternative barter system

Zacatlan de las Manzanas, Puebla, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Nov’16

Researchers: Elisa Schmelkes and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field research (open-ended interviews with the project’s leader, direct observation) and web analysis.

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Christmas Trees Forest • Mexico

Bosque de los Árboles de Navidad

Forest conservation and rehabilitation, education for sustainability, culture, etc.

Amecameca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Nov’16

Researchers: Elisa Schmelkes and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field research (open-ended interviews with project leaders, direct observation) and documentary/web analysis.

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 Ectagono • Mexico

Comprehensive wellbeing, ecological rehabilitation, art and culture.

Mexico City, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Nov’16


Researchers: Elisa Schmelkes and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field research (open-ended interviews with project leaders, direct observation) and documentary/web analysis.

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Fortalece • Mexico

Fortalece Legal

Consultancy and empowerment for the non-profit sector

Mexico City, Mexico
Website

Data collection: Nov’16


Researchers: Elisa Schmelkes and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader) and documentary/web analysis.

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Nested Market 场 • China

Nested Market 
Mercado de Nicho
巢

Small-scale poverty mitigation through direct linkage between rural producers and urban consumers.

Hebei and Beijing, China

Website

Data collection: Sep’17

Researchers: Emilia Szekely 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader) and documentary/web analysis.

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On Action 在行动 • China

On Action
En Acción
在行动

Support for migrant workers with the help of volunteers (ex-migrants) who provide them with consultancies — for labor disputes, psychological issues, etc.—, help them to find employment, offer training courses —technical, artistic, legal, health, etc—, and promote their rights in the public and private sectors.

Beijing, China

Website

Data collection: Sep’17 

Researchers: Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader) and documentary/web analysis.

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Little Donkey Farm 小毛驴市民农园 • China

Little Donkey Farm
小毛驴市民农园


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that promotes sustainable development by facilitating community involvement 

Beijing, China

Website

Data collection: Sep’17 

Researchers: Emilia Szekely Photo: Guo Ping (果苹: Weibo, Blog)

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader, direct observation) and documentary/web analysis.

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GreenPrice Supermarket 绿惜超级市场 • China

GreenPrice Supermarket
绿惜超级市场

Reduces food waste and the pollution it generates and combats against cost of living by selling groceries (at affordable prices), that are normally wasted due to misunderstandings on their Best Before Date label

Hong Kong, China

Website 

Data collection: Oct’17 

Researchers: Emilia Szekely 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leader) and documentary/web analysis.

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La Flor Agroecological Farm • Costa Rica

La Flor Agroecological Farm 
Finca Agroecológica La Flor

Promotes education on sustainability and alternative living models through training and capacity building programs, internships and one-to-one designed collaborations related to ecological agricultural practices, arts, and sports.

Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica

Website

Data collection: Mar'18

Researchers: Emilia Szekely 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leaders) and documentary/web analysis.

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Songshan UNESCO Global Geopark 嵩山世界地质公园 • China

Songshan Unesco Global Geopark  
嵩山世界地质公园 

Protects an area of immense geological and cultural value to promote scientific research, education and local economic development through tourism. 

Hebei, China 

Website 

Data collection: Oct'18 

Researchers: Jing Zhengjun and Emilia Szekely  

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leaders) and documentary/web analysis. 

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El Apompal Ecoturism • Mexico

Ecoturismo Lago Apompal 

Initiative of a group of rural communities that organize services and activities to attract tourism, while taking care of the local nature and culture.
Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico

Website

Data collection: Nov'18 

Researchers: Loraine Schlaepfer and Emilia Szekely

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leaders) and documentary/web analysis.  

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Migrant shelter “Brothers in the road” • Mexico

Casa de migrantes "Hermanos en el camino" 


Initiative that offers guidance on human rights and humanitarian aid (lodging, food, medical services, legal assistance, etc) to thousands of migrants who transit through Mexico. 

Data collection: Jun-Jul'19 

Researcher: Emilia Szekely 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interviews with the project’s leaders, active participation) and documentary/web analysis. 

Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico  
Website

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Thank you! · спасибо! (Spasibo!) · Russia

Spasibo! collects used clothes in Saint Petersburg and redistributes them to those in need or sells them to be able to sustain its project and support other social initiatives. 

Data collection: Sept'19 

Researcher: Emilia Szekely 

Translator: Katya Sirko

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project's leader) and documentary/web analysis. 

Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Website

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Upsala Circus • упсала чирк • Russia

Initiative that teaches circus skills to children and youth from vulnerable groups to enrich their opportunities.

Data collection: Sept'19 

Researcher: Emilia Szekely 

Translator: Katya Sirko

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project's leader) and documentary/web analysis. 

Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Website

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Nochlezhka Night Shelter • ночлежка (Nochlezhka) • Russia
Nochlezhka Night Shelter • ночлежка (Nochlezhka)• Russia

Initiative that supports homeless people and people without residence registration with shelter, food, orientation, and integrated humanitarian aid to enhance their opportunities.

Data collection: Sept'19  

Researcher: Emilia Szekely  

Translator: Katya Sirko 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project's spokesperson) and documentary/web analysis. 

Saint Petersburg, Russia  
Website

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China Development Brief 中国发展简报 • China

China Development Brief 中国发展简报

Provides an online platform to disseminate information about Chinese civil society and promotes its interaction and capacity building.

Beijing, China 
Website 

Data collection: Oct'19

Researchers: Emilia Szekely 

Research methods: Field trip (open-ended interview with the project’s leaders) and documentary/web analysis. 

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