Kingston, RI – The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the
University of Rhode Island (URI) announces the launch of the Building Actors and
Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project.
BALANCED is a new five-year, multi-million dollar population, health and
environment (PHE) technical leadership initiative awarded by the USAID Office of
Population and Reproductive Health. It was made in recognition of CRC and its
partners' – PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. (PFPI) and Conservation
International (CI) – many years experience in integrated natural resources
management, population and health.
Today, over 1.1 billion people live in biodiverse regions of the world. The
population in these ecologically important areas is growing at a rate nearly 40
percent greater than the global average. At the same time, people living in
these remote areas often have the least access to basic health services. PHE
programs promote holistic approaches to development – approaches that address
the complex connections between humans, health and environment.
According to Project Director, Linda Bruce, "PHE programs improve access to
health services, help secure livelihoods and conserve critical natural resources
upon which people depend." For example, improved coastal resources management
coupled with health and family planning activities have improved food security
for underserved, hard-to-reach communities in the Philippines. Communities find
integrated development approaches make the most sense, as their lives are not
separated into single sector needs, such as only health, or only livelihoods.
LEARN MORE: The BALANCED Project,
Population, Health and Environment.
Building on almost a decade of USAID investments in PHE global leadership and
field-based projects, the BALANCED project will promote wider adoption and use
of effective PHE approaches worldwide. It aims to:
- Enable local communities to become PHE champions by building their capacity
to plan, implement and carry out demand-driven integrated programs in health and
conservation. BALANCED will build capacity through peer-to-peer mentoring,
south-to-south exchanges, and innovative learning techniques.
- Synthesize and develop state-of-the art PHE knowledge and communicate that
knowledge to key audiences. This includes demonstrating the value of integrated
approaches for development that take into consideration the environment and the
people who live in it.
- Scale-up, build on, and foster the implementation of field-based PHE
initiatives in areas of high biodiversity, particularly in East Africa and Asia.
Working together, URI CRC, PFPI and CI will engage communities, policymakers,
decision makers and a wide range of multisectoral partners in advancing PHE
approaches and tools worldwide to achieve healthy societies in healthy
For more information, contact: Balanced@crc.uri.edu
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