This video is about Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), a five week experiental course on the fundamentals of sustainability design. The course curriculum was developed by the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education in recognition of the immense potential for growth in human consciousness and behaviour.
Recognised by UNESCO, the EDE was specifically designed to enable people and communities coming together to reclaim responsibility for their living situations – at local and regional levels. A university framework, adaptable to the local environment, the EDE offers an education that assesses the current state of the planet and local area followed by place-based solutions relevant to the local community.
QSA’s project partner Pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre in Tamil Nadu has a long and proven record of environmental expertise and sustainable community development experience and so was well placed to host this workshop. We hope you enjoy watching this video clip.
The current countries where QSA is providing support, either alone or with funding support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are Australia, Cambodia, India, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
QSA works with existing community organisations in response to their needs and conducts regular monitoring and evaluating of its development work to maximise lessons to be learned by everyone involved. QSA will, within its current financial and staffing capacity, include additional project partners situated in the same region as existing project partners, so that there are opportunities of local support and sharing of ideas, expertise and resources via a hub arrangement facilitated by QSA, usually coinciding with a visit from QSA’s monitor, with the expressed aim of forming mentoring networks. The success of this innovation will be kept in mind when considering new project partners or an expansion to new areas.
QSA keeps regular contact with its donors and those with an interest in its work via the QSA Newsletters, and the QSA Notes which reach a broader readership, talks to Quaker Meetings and community groups.
This website is another way, and the Annual Report gives details of the projects and their achievements in the past year, about the Management Committee, and a copy of the full audited accounts.
QSA is a member of the Australian Council for International development or ACFID, and each year completes an extensive assessment of its compliance to the ACFID Code of Conduct with which QSA has been happy to be associated since its inception.
The major single donor to support QSA's work is the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In order to receive funding from DFAT, and its predecessor AusAID, it is necessary to complete a rigorous process of accreditation.
It is with great pleasure that QSA announces it has recently undertaken this process and been informed that its accreditation as a full level accredited agency has been confirmed as at June 23rd 2015, until June 2020.