Grassroots Economics has opened up its archives of design and implementation to students world wide through a hands-on, practical course in Kenya. After having our first round of students this year with great results, we are excited to open up enrollment to students across Africa and abroad.
"I've learned the skills I need to bring Community Currencies to marginalized communities in Benin." - Marion Cauvet, student in the MSc "Agricultural Development" at the University of Copenhagen
Become a certified Community Currency designer.
After understanding how to tap into the abundance of communities and build resilient thriving local economies you will never look at money in the same way.
This course will immerse you into the world of Community Currencies as a tool for economic and community development. We will cover why and how Community Currencies have been implemented in marginalized communities as well as their history. In the field you interact with people using Community Currencies in real life settings to understand the social dynamics and economic systems that are needed to make Community Currencies thrive. After completing this course you will be have a strong foundation to design, customize and implement Community Currencies.
"Seeing first hand the development of Miyani-Pesa in rural Kenya made Community Currencies seem practical" - Thibaud Dezyn a student in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Community Currency Theory: development economics, history of money, financial systems and debt, currency models, goals standards and ethics.
Preparation & Development: community participation and ownership, system design, voucher creation, communications, partnerships, and legality.
Setup & Launch: cooperative facilitation, collateral asset development, financial sustainability, and marketing.
Long Term Care: long-term support, audits, Community Currency renewal.
Management: system maintenance, legal reporting, accounting, currency circulation, administration, data collection, and personnel.
Fieldwork: on-the-ground survey work and interviews; lessons learned from previous Community Currency models; taking part in community currency events and activities; economic resource mapping.
Schedule: The course covers five days of classroom and field experiences but can be shortened to as little as three days to meet the needs of the students.
Accomodation: Students generally stay in Mombasa but we can occasionally accomodate students in Nairobi.
Brief Bios of Lead Teachers:
Will Ruddick is the Founder of Grassroots Economics and will be your lead teacher.
Caroline Dama, one of Grassrotos Economics’ Directors, will be guide you in fieldwork and share their experiences in management and implementation of Community Currency programs.