Women’s Emancipation and Development Agency (WOMEDA) Executive Director Juma Massisi (seated, center) facilitates conversation among women and Amizade students in Kayanga, Tanzania, as part of research that supported a successful United States Agency for International Development grant award for WOMEDA.


DukeEngage students Jeline Rabideau and Jenny Denton worked with middle school girls, such as ​Katie, in Western North Carolina to enhance literacy skills through digital storytelling projects focused on their families.


DukeEngage independent project student Alex Saffrit collaborated with a community member, Moses, in Nkokonjeru, Uganda, on a solar cooker project.


Ernesto Alaniz, community maintenance leader, Villanova civil engineering student Allie Braun, and Water for Waslala program manager Iain Hunt cooperate to inspect a new water tank near Santa Maria Kubali, Nicaragua.

Service, Development, and Community Partnership

Tools relevant for service, development, and community partnership include both teaching tools (to better explore the concepts) and applied tools (to facilitate partnership). For classroom consideration:

  1. The What is Global Service? activity stimulates dialogue and may be adapted to individual courses or programs (featuring options most relevant to those particular students).
  2. Peter Singer’s What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You? from the New York Times Magazine stimulates discussion about how much we might give, while the activity above questions the best way to do so.
  3. Thankfulness Activities provide a forum for program participants to consider how they have been affected by community partners and other group members, and offer an explicit forum through which they can express their gratitude.

As program leaders consider community partnership:

  1. The Fair Trade Learning standards and rubric embody a global, cross-community, multi-organizational, multi-institutional effort to ensure standards of fairness in learning and service partnerships. The standards emerged through a community-driven approach to partnership. They have now been published in academic articles as well as books, and developed in ways intended to facilitate stakeholder conversation around issues of equity in partnership.
  2. The GSL Site Visit Checklist is helpful for considering all partnership components
  3. Campus-Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH) offers Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships
  4. The peer-reviewed articles on our Community-Driven Development Research page also provide considerable information on best practices in partnership development.