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 Charles Darwin Centre 2001






Community Development in Action


‘A new approach to cooperative regional development by the Darwin Centre’

1. NGO and community training package

In pursuit if its objective to provide training appropriate to specific community development projects in land management, development planning, tropical ecology, coastal management and ecotourism, the Darwin Centre will seek to establish links with national and international development agencies, as well as links between those agencies and national and local NGOs.

Consequently, the resulting training packages and community development activities will be more appropriate to the main development actors in those regions, including government agencies, developers, NGOs and local communities.

In establishing and developing these links, the Darwin Centre will devise and implement a strategy for each individual development initiative, but in general, the strategy would involve some or all of the following separate actions:

  1. seek the assistance and advice of international assistance agencies and national NGOs to identify those ecosystems and cultural sites most urgently in need of  preservation or maintenance
  2. identify and locate local NGOs capable of making some contribution to the preservation and maintenance of those sites
  3. offer the best qualified (yayasan or) NGO sufficient training in literacy, research skills, and environmental science to enable the NGO to produce a management plan for the area and to construct a funding submission which would enable the NGO to put the plan into effect. The management plan would need to include aspects of survey and information management, restoration, ongoing management and monitoring, and future protection, as well as proposals for any necessary wildlife/habitat protection guarantees, legislation or regulation required to give effect to the plan.
  4. provide capacity building for the local communities concerned, and in particular provide training to the personnel in the NGO representing the interests of those communities so that the process of management, reporting and monitoring will become self-sustaining.
  5. enlist the financial support and involvement of one or more international development assistance agencies to fund the Charles Darwin Centre in the provision of sufficient specific training and capacity building to permit the local community to sustain and enlarge the monitoring, reporting and preservation activities required to maintain the asset, and where appropriate, to develop its economic potential.

 1.1 Database of International and Indonesian Agencies and NGOs

 As a foundation dedicated to providing services to the community, we are obliged not only to generate enough income to pay our own staff a decent wage, but we also to assist community organizations and agencies which cannot achieve their mission without material or financial assistance from others. In order to assist organisations and agencies with kindred aims and objectives, we intend to provide subsidized training packages and consultancy services to those organisations and agencies most in accord with our own mission and most capable of making a real and sustainable impact within their own communities.

 The Charles Darwin Centre therefore invites expressions of interest from Indonesian yayasans, NGOs (LSM) and government agencies involved in the delivery of environmental and social support services to local communities in Indonesia.

 Such expressions of interest by NGOs or community-based yayasans should contain information on:

 We also invite international agencies working in the field of social and environmental awareness to contact us so that we can optimize our own effectiveness in choosing local development partners and in directing our assistance to communities most in need. We also invite expressions of interest from international agencies wishing to enter into cooperative arrangements (kerjasama) with us in the definition and delivery of these services.

 1.2   Partnerships for Development

 Development partnerships with NGOs will take the form of:

  1. targeted training packages to facilitate self help projects
  2. consultancy services in our own areas of specialization such as ecotourism (click on ‘ecotourism consulting package’) and environmental and social impact assessment
  3. providing links with national and international agencies capable of providing development assistance
  4. providing advice and assistance in the formulation of submissions and applications for development assistance

To commercial clients, the Charles Darwin Centre will offer the same range of training and consultancy services, including:

  1. site Assessment
  2. skill Assessment
  3. training needs assessment
  4. project definition
  5. project Implementation
  6. project Evaluation and Assessment
  7. ongoing Project Management

1.3  Training Packages

Targeted training packages will be based on training material supplied to Kolese Australia under Memoranda of Understanding with Australian TAFE and VET (technical) training providers in areas of expertise including languages, ecology, environmental management, hospitality, tourism and business administration.

Trainees who successfully complete these training packages in English will be entitled to receive nationally endorsed Australian qualifications at Certificate or Diploma level which may earn credits with universities and TAFE institutes within Australia and the Asia Pacific region.




2. Community Outreach .

 2.1 Youth Network/Young Darwinians/(Beagle Boys and Galaspagos Girls)


 3. Seminars and Workshops


4.Documentaries and Publications

         4.1  Environmental Ethics (Darwinian Bioethics)

         4.2.  Darwinian Education (Pedagogy of the Upraised)

         4.2.1        Developing a Darwininan Paradigm for Contemporary Education


biological underpinnings

 human development overview/child and adolescent needs

 darwininan psychology

 an emerging philosophy of education

 educational theory and practice

 Although there may not be too much wrong with current educational practice, many practices appear to be built on false theoretical assumptions arising from Freudian psychology and the resultant educational theory. It is may therefore be necessary to readjust the theory to fit the practice as much as the reverse.

 teaching methodology/pedagogy

 implications for course content


5. Corporate Training Package

6.  International Student Exchange Program


7.  Online Bulletin

Political and social comment is welcome on this website, but we take no responsibility for the content or standard of any comment not emanating from our own staff.

In particular, we welcome constructive contributions which will assist Indonesia to meet the simultaneous challenges of regionalisation and globalisation at a time of intense and rapid social and political transformation.

Information and comment of a commercial nature is also welcome, but material which is deemed to be inaccurate, offensive or misleading may be removed, whilst overtly commercial material may incur some form of fee. For details, please contact our website manager, Mr. Imam on 021-7805689.


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