Description/achievement of initiative
There has emerged in recent years the prioritization of sustainable production and consumption patters as a key driver of sustainable development. There has also emerged during the preparations of the SIDS Conference and the Post-2015 Development Agenda recognition of culture as an enabler of sustainable development with the usage of phrases such as "culture of sustainable living". The Pacific has also recognized the critical importance of spirituality and religion as key enablers of attitudes and living that is in tune with or based on inclusive and sustainable development principles. YWAM Samoa, with the support of the Samoan Government, UN, KOICA, etc had initiated a project on sustainable living based around bio gas and related sustainable technologies.
The main instrument through which the partnership is implemented is the YWAM network of YWAM campuses and young missionary volunteers. The leaders of YWAM Samoa are missionaries trained in and actively involved in the further development and adaptation of sustainable technologies to suit Pacific environment and conditions. Its a program that is part and parcel of YWAM's work internationally as well and this provides the guarantee that implementation will continue to occur as a matter of course.Practical training including on inclusive and sustainable attitudes and technologies are carried out at the YWAM camps and within communities where the beneficiaries are trained as they build bio gas digesters and related sustainable livelihoods including piggery (as a source of waste as well), gardening, water catchment, and fish ponds. The idea is to give the beneficiary the skills and ability to do it themselves in the future and the maintain their systems.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
On hands training is provided to beneficiary communities and families in the building of their biogas digesters and related technologies and sustainable livelihoods including piggery (as source of waste for digesters, protein and income). This ensures that underatsnding and skills re the technologies are passed on to the beneficiaries. The training involves instructions on faith-based principles of inclusive and sustainable living as well and as such helps to build the adaptive capacity and the correct attitudes of the trainees as well.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Partnership is to be coordinated by YWAM Samoa with the support of the partners mentioned above. YWAM has had partnerships with development partners, governments, communities/churches and private sector in the past and the plan now is to look at formalising these partnerships in an ongoing arrangements for extending the coverage of activities through the Pacific. Consideration is being made for the YWAM project to supply the necessary training and technology know-how for a UN implemented project in Tuvalu and Kiribati. YWAM has also been invited to attend an important project formulation workshop of the US Government funded climate change fund for civil society. These indicate an increase in recognition of the YWAM initative and possibilities for future partnerships
YWAM International, Governments (Samoa, PNG, Kiribati, and Tuvalu); Communities (Samoa, PNG, Tonga, Vanuatu); KOICA; UN