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The mission of the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) is to be a source of knowledge and expertise that helps Rotarians plan, implement, and manage impactful and sustainable economic development projects and create lasting change in poor and underserved communities.

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by PDG Carl Treleaven

Welcome to a New Rotary Year and Our New Rotary President, Stephanie Urchick!

As we usher in a new Rotary year, we are excited to welcome Stephanie Urchick from the USA as our new Rotary President. Before diving into the plans for this year, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the many individuals who have helped RAGCED become a bigger and more effective organization. This includes our entire Board of Directors and our Executive Committee.

by Rakesh Babuji
Community Economic Development (CED) is a comprehensive approach aimed at enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for people within a community. CED involves a variety of strategies, each tailored to meet the specific needs and opportunities of the community it serves. Here, we explore several key CED strategies and provide examples of successful implementations.
by PDG Nick Frankle

The Rotary Convention in Singapore was a time of fun, friendship, and information sharing for members of RAGCED who volunteered to help Rotarians from around the world learn about community economic development.

The following projects are illustrative examples based on RAGCED's areas of focus, they reflect the kind of impact RAGCED aims to achieve worldwide:

Microfinance and Microcredit Initiatives

These projects provide small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries who do not have access to traditional banking services. The goal is to empower individuals to start or expand their businesses, thus creating jobs and fostering economic development within their communities. An example could involve setting up a Microfinance institution in a rural area to offer financial services, including small loans, savings accounts, and financial literacy training.
Vocational Training and Education Programs
Vocational training projects focus on equipping people with specific skills needed in the local job market, such as carpentry, sewing, or digital skills. For instance, a project might establish a vocational training centre where unemployed youth can learn trade skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, significantly improving their employment prospects and ability to contribute economically to their communities.
Agricultural Development Projects
These projects support smallholder farmers by providing them with access to improved seeds, irrigation techniques, and sustainable farming practices. An example project could involve the introduction of a drip irrigation system to a drought-prone area, combined with training sessions on sustainable farming practices and crop management, thereby increasing crop yields and farmers' incomes.
Entrepreneurship Development Programs
Entrepreneurship programs aim to foster a culture of innovation and business creation. Such a project might include workshops and mentorship for aspiring entrepreneurs, covering business planning, marketing, and access to finance. A specific example could be a startup incubator program that supports women entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, and seed funding to launch their businesses.
Community Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure projects focus on building or improving community assets that support economic activities, such as markets, roads, or co-working spaces. An infrastructure project under RAGCED's guidance might involve constructing a community center that doubles as a co-working space for local entrepreneurs, providing them with a venue for business operations and networking events.
Market Access and Value Chain Development 
These initiatives help producers and manufacturers improve their products and access wider markets. A project might support artisan groups by facilitating connections with global markets through e-commerce platforms, alongside training in quality control and packaging, thereby increasing their sales and income levels.

Projects associated with RAGCED typically embody Rotary's commitment to community service, with a focus on economic empowerment. They leverage the global Rotary network's resources, expertise, and volunteer spirit to make a sustainable impact. For the most recent and detailed examples of RAGCED projects, direct engagement with Rotary International or RAGCED's official communications is recommended, as they continuously update their initiatives and success stories.

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