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Gyaan Yatra - Final Evaluation

Blum, AN; Bourn, D; (2013) Gyaan Yatra - Final Evaluation. Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, University College London: London, UK. Green open access

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Asian Foundation for Philanthropy (AFP) is a UK-based charity that was established in 2004 with the aim of linking British Asians with innovative social change initiatives in India. This report is a final evaluation of the AFP’s Gyaan Yatra project. The project began in April 2010 and ended in March 2013. The overall aim of the Project was to engage and build the capacity of a team of British Asian Development Ambassadors (DAs) so that they are equipped with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of challenges and prospects for development and poverty reduction, global consequences of poverty. The main features of the Project were: (1) Training a team of Development Ambassadors (DAs), and later Gyaan Yatra Fellows, who developed their knowledge and understanding of development issues and shared their learning with contacts in UK Indian diaspora communities. (2) Supporting the DAs to run events and to raise awareness and understanding within their communities on global and development issues. (3) Creating a range of communication tools to promote greater understanding of development issues. This included an online portal that acted as a focus for sharing ideas and debating key issues of interest to members of diaspora communities. In addition, a series of videos were produced by some of the DAs and supporters and then shared via AFP community YouTube channel. Gyaan Yatra more than achieved its project target of engaging 30 Development Ambassadors. In the end, 26 DAs and 20 Fellows were actively engaged in the project through training and activities provided by AFP. In addition, the project raised awareness of development and global issues with several thousand people within the wider UK Indian diaspora communities. This is illustrated by the fact that over 4,500 people attended events and nearly 5,000 people joined the debates on the AFP website. The project was also an excellent example of how to engage members of Indian diaspora communities in development education by (i) building on existing social and cultural perspectives, and (ii) focusing on a learning approach that encourages debate, dialogue and critical reflection.

Type: Report
Title: Gyaan Yatra - Final Evaluation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492727
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