CEC Website BACKGROUND
by Phil Bartle, PhD
About this Site
The Community Empowerment web site is a spinoff from UN-Habitat (UNCHS) which was founded from the first Habitat Conference in Vancouver, 1976, when the only UN headquarters in a developing country was in Kenya. The site is a bi-product of the Community Management Programme (CMP), initially funded by Danida (Denmark), designed by Habitat (UN Centre for Human Settlements). UNCHS ended its participation in Uganda in October 1998, and Danida ended its participation in the CDP (Community Development Programme) of Habitat at the end of 1999. See the Uganda archived project documents. The training material and the web site were developed during the four years Phil was Chief Technical Officer in Uganda on the CMP (Community Management Program) from 1994 to 1998.
The CEC functioned as an unincorporated collective until 2007 when it was constituted as a Society in British Columbia. For a variety of practical reasons this was allowed to dissolve and then was re-created with a new, active board June 4th, 2015 as Global Community Empowerment Collective Society. (to explain, in British Columbia there is no provision for incorporating as a “Collective”, hence the added required “Society”)
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