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January 2018


News Reports and Resources


Worldwide, People Divided on Whether Life Today Is Better 

Than in the Past

Pew Research Center | READ STORY


Fifty years ago, the world was a very different place. The United States and its allies were locked in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, personal computers and mobile phones were the stuff of science fiction, and much of the world’s population had yet to experience substantial improvements in life expectancy and material well-being. 




5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are to the Environment

World Resources Institute |


Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives to sustainably manage their lands. Today LandMark, the first global platform to provide maps of land held by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, released new carbon storage, tree cover loss, natural resource concessions, dam locations and other data layers that shed light on the environment in which these lands exist. Now anyone, anywhere can view and analyze indigenous and local communities’ environmental contributions and identify threats to specific lands.




Funding and Staff Shortages Keep Rural Libraries Focused on the Basics

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Despite improvements in recent years, rural libraries tend to spend more per capita for fewer services and fewer open hours, according to a report from the American Library Association (ALA).

Technology challenges, access to high speed internet, and funding to pay for staff and facilities are the main challenges facing rural community libraries, the report says.




A Global Snapshot of Same-Sex Marriage

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

With the Australian Parliament’s recent passage of legislation legalizing gay marriage, 26 countries now permit gays and lesbians to wed. And if a recent high court ruling in Europe’s Austria takes effect as expected in 2019, that country also will Join the Ranks of nations allowing same-sex unions. These events follow a number of other high-profile victories in recent years for gay marriage advocates, including Germany’s decision in June 2017 to allow gays and lesbians to wed and a Supreme Court ruling ruling two years earlier that made same-sex marriage legal in the United States.



Youth Migration in the West

Headwaters Economics |


Western counties are experiencing a wide disparity in youth migration. While some are attracting and keeping young adults and families, others are struggling. One of the biggest challenges facing rural Western counties today is keeping and attracting youth, who help maintain population, keep schools open, and provide the workforce and customers needed to sustain local businesses. As the interactive map immediately below shows, almost all western metro counties either are holding steady or gaining population from the in-migration of those aged 39 and under. Not surprisingly, the share of westerners living in urban areas is growing and is higher than the rest of the country.







MT CD Update

The 2018 NACDEP Conference is June 10-13 in Cleveland, OH. Proposals for presentation sessions, workshops and posters are due Jan. 15.More information here. 

The International Association for Community Development  is pleased to announce its next Practice Exchange will be in Bali, Indonesia, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9-19, 2018. More information will be available at the IACD website soon or feel free to  and I’ll add you to our email list.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2018 JCEP Leadership Conference

February 14-15, 2018

Orlando, Florida

Sponsor: JCEP

2018 Building Active Communities Initiative

Workshop: May 8-10, 2018

Livingston, Montana

Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI)

2018 NACDEP Conference

June 10-13, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Sponsor: NACDEP

Detroit 2018: Renaissance Of Community Annual International Conference

July 22-25, 2018

Detroit, Michigan

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

The American Dream Literacy Initiative 

Deadline: January 2

Funder: American Library Association

Funds to Assist Disadvantaged Populations & Underserved Communities

Deadline: January 31
Funder: MAXIMUS Foundation

Funding for Rescue and Care for Domestic Animals and Wildlife

Deadline: February 15

Funder: Gus Hawthorne Foundation

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

Assistant Professor

Deadline: January 9

Mississippi State University-

Agricultural Economics

National News

Former USAID Chief Henrietta Holsman Fore Named UNICEF Executive Director

Devex, December 27

China Focus: Chinese Fund Helps Development in Africa

Xinhua, December 27

Corriverton-Based NGO Launches After-School Program with Support from USAID’s Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) Program

Demerara Waves, 

December 27

HCC Education Helps Inspire Haitian Student to Fight Corruption as Candidate Back Home

TBO, Dec 27

Montana News

Montana Tech Alumnus Donates $100,000 to Student Center in Honor of Tom Finch

Montana Standard,

December 27

Montana Businesses Affected by Summer Fires get Help from Feds, State

Missoulian, December 27

Helena Gets Grant to Build Group Home for At-Risk Youth

KXLH, December 27

Fort Belknap Continues Push for Food Sovereignty

Billings Gazette,

December 27


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