Arkleton Trust Support for study tours and exchanges

Applications are now invited for proposals for study tours and exchanges to support the transfer of knowledge and experience of rural development in practice, particularly aimed at supporting such activity in Africa and other developing countries. Outline proposals and/or applications to help the development stage will be welcome. The trustees’ next meeting to consider applications will take place in early May, so those wishing their application to be considered at that meeting should submit them by no later than 15 April 2014. Applications submitted after that date, unless exceptional circumstances apply, will be deferred until the next trustees’ meeting in September, 2014. January 2014

Arkleton Trust

Support for study tours and exchanges

Introduction

The Arkleton Trust has a long history of supporting national and international approaches to rural development policy and practice and encouraging the sharing of experience and knowledge gained, with particular emphasis on assisting and promoting rural development in the poorer and developing countries around the world.  It has done this through a range of mechanisms, including publications, seminars, study tours, fellowships.

Over the years, it has found that one of the most effective ways of transferring knowledge and expertise has been through study tours and exchanges between countries by groups and individuals.  These often involve or are facilitated by governments, NGOs, universities and other establishments, but may also include less formal arrangements.

The Arkleton Trust has, therefore, decided to focus its funding in the future to support study tours, visits and exchanges which help facilitate valuable knowledge exchanges.

Outline proposal

In order to support such initiatives, the Trust believes that, initially, its support might best be aimed at enabling organisations to develop ideas and proposals for study tours and exchanges (i.e. a predevelopment stage), although it would not rule out funding for visits, where these have already been developed.  In particular, the Trust wishes to facilitate learning and rural development in the developing world, particularly Africa, and will, therefore, give priority to applications that seek to address this priority.

Whilst the Trust would welcome the involvement of universities and governments in proposed visits, it is not intended that support would be made available simply for intergovernmental or inter-university exchanges.  Any proposals would need to demonstrate how rural development practitioners and other actors in the rural development field would be involved and the potential benefits to them.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but will be considered by trustees at six-monthly meetings.  Outline proposals, as well as detailed applications, will also be considered.

The Trust has only limited funds available, but has decided not to set limits for funding.  It is willing to make small sums available for the predevelopment stage, to enable proposals and practical arrangements to be worked up.  It will then provide more significant funding for the implementation stage i.e. the study tours and exchanges, though it is not expected that the Trust would be the main contributor.  It will be looking for applications which demonstrate partnership and commitment from others.

Outputs

The Trust is keen to see practical outputs from its funding, rather than more detailed research reports.  Where practical, it would like to be actively involved in helping to develop the study tours and exchanges and, from time to time, members of the Trust, in particular the chair of the Trust, may participate in the study trips, and will help to develop linkages and networks.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide regular updates, as their proposals progress, and to submit a final report of the study tour/exchange and its achievements.

Next steps

Applications are now invited for proposals for study tours and exchanges to support the transfer of knowledge and experience of rural development in practice, particularly aimed at supporting such activity in Africa and other developing countries.  Outline proposals and/or applications to help the development stage will be welcome.
The trustees’ next meeting to consider applications will take place in early May, so those wishing their application to be considered at that meeting should submit them by no later than 15 April 2014.  
Applications submitted after that date, unless exceptional circumstances apply, will be deferred until the next trustees’ meeting in September, 2014.
January 2014

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