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 Carl Treleaven

Over the past year as Chair/President of RAGCED, I’ve concluded we can dramatically increase our impact.  I now believe that of all 25 Rotary Action Groups, RAGCED could and should have the very broadest reach, and maybe even the greatest impact, of all.  That’s not at all to say that RAGCED is any more important than the other RAG’s.  All Rotary Action Groups do very valuable work for Rotary, but it seems to me there’s a possibility for RAGCED to have the greatest reach and impact.  

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: JUNE 2024 2024-06-04 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDNews #RAGCEDSouthAsia #RotaryImpactGlobal,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: MAY 2024 2024-05-15 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews #RAGCEDSouthAsia #RotaryImpactGlobal


By Juliana Corredor
The Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) has been a crucial ally in advancing the mission of project fairs. The Rotary Foundation provides valuable resources to clubs and districts for successful project implementation worldwide. Among these resources is the Rotary Foundation CADRE of Technical Advisers, consisting of volunteer Rotarians who offer professional technical expertise and knowledge of Foundation procedures to guide sustainable project implementation.
THE CADRE: A STRATEGIC ALLY OF PROJECT FAIRS 2024-05-10 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDCadre,#RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCEDCares
INTRODUCING "IT PROFESSIONALS" ROTARY FELLOWSHIP By RAGCED 2024-04-18 04:00:00Z 0 #ITPFRotaryFellowship,#ITProfessionals,#RAGCEDGlobal,#RAGCEDNews


My wife and I spent much of the month of March in South Asia. Initially, we were conducting a Rotary Foundation Global Grant that my Rotary Club in the USA and the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Channel Islands were working on in Guwahati, Assam, India. At the same time, we've had numerous opportunities to meet with Rotarians and Rotaractors. While I learned various things during the trip, I’d like to focus on three key points related to economic development:

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: APRIL 2024 2024-04-14 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSouthAsia,#RotaryImpactGlobal

Pioneering Early Education: A Strategic Alliance Between Nalanda Learning, RAGCED, and IT-Pro Rotary Fellowship 

By Biswajit Ghosh
In an inspiring move set to redefine early childhood education in India, Nalanda Learning has forged a strategic alliance with the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) and the IT-Pro Rotary Fellowship. This collaboration marks the beginning of a transformative journey to develop a comprehensive Teacher's Training Program for early educators, meticulously designed to align with the visionary objectives set forth by India's National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020. This initiative heralds a new era of educational excellence, aiming to ignite a nationwide transformation in early learning methodologies. 
Pioneering Early Education: A Strategic Alliance Between Nalanda Learning, RAGCED, and IT-Pro Rotary Fellowship  2024-03-19 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSouthAsia,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
Empowering Futures: A Tripartite Vision for Transforming India Through Education and Technology 2024-03-17 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDIndiaChapter,#RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSouthAsia,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCEDCares
Empowerment Across Borders: The Transformative Journey of Women through Microenterprises in South America, Africa, and South Asia 2024-03-17 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDIndiaChapter,#RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSouthAsia,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCEDCares


The President's Message for March 2024 highlights the importance of sustainability in Rotary projects, particularly focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives. It reflects on past projects and emphasizes the need for better assessment methods to ensure lasting impact. The message underscores the role of RAGCED in supporting Rotarians in assessing project sustainability and advocates for community involvement to promote ownership and longevity of projects.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: MARCH 2024 2024-03-06 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
RAGCED AND CADRE – A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP  2024-02-18 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDCadre,#RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal
REVOLUTIONIZING ENGAGEMENT 2024-02-15 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSouthAsia,#RotaryImpactGlobal


As I’ve said many times before, one of the most important ways that Rotary Action Groups can help individual Rotarians, Rotaractors, and their clubs is to help in developing global grant projects.  The members of every club within the Rotary world know the needs of their local communities, and when they identify a need, they usually know exactly how to bring the right resources together to solve the problem.

However, how do you solve the problem when it’s a continent, or maybe even half-world, away?   One of the first tasks is to identify like-minded Rotary Clubs in other countries that might be interested in working with you and your club.  I want to share with you a not particularly well-known way to help make the right connections: project fairs.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FEBRUARY 2024 2024-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

CED Projects in Latin America

By Juliana Corredor, Deputy Director Cadre
Community Economic Development – CED - is one of the most critical areas of focus, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, thousands of small entrepreneurial families lost their livelihoods because the global economy, in general, entered into a crisis. Following the pandemic, larger businesses managed to survive, but the smallest ones simply disappeared.
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RAGCED Partnership Update 2024-01-15 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares

Strengthening Communities

RAGCED Global Collaborates with District 3191 and Rotary Bangalore Yelahanka for Mental Wellness

We are thrilled to share the latest strides in our ongoing mission to promote mental health awareness and support within our communities. In collaboration with District 3191 and Rotary Bangalore Yelahanka, RAGCED Global recently helped organize a transformative mental wellness program on January 6th, 2024.
Strengthening Communities 2024-01-15 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares


Posted on Jan 05, 2024
I hope each of you enjoyed the many holidays in December, and are now refreshed and ready to start a new year: welcome to 2024! Rotary’s theme for January is Vocational Service. Sadly, most Rotarians don’t think much about Vocational Service these days, but it’s the most distinguishing form of service that we have, something we should celebrate. What makes Rotary unique is the idea of applying one’s vocational expertise in service to others. The skills we’ve all gained in our work lives can and should be used to serve both one another and those in need. That’s been a core principle of Rotary since Paul Harris started Rotary 119 years ago.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE – JANUARY 2024 2024-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Unlocking Human Dreams: Empowering Lives Through Microfinance

By PDG Nick Frankle

Over 700 million people, constituting 10% of the global population, live on less than $1.90 a day. Amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, conflicts, and climate change, these numbers are expected to rise. Addressing poverty, especially for the most vulnerable, is at the core of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and takes centre stage in Goal 1: No Poverty.

Unlocking Human Dreams: Empowering Lives Through Microfinance 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCEDCares

Editor's Message - December 2023

Welcome to the December 2023 edition! This month, our spotlight falls on two transformative Global Grants: GG 2015466 – CED for Jundiaí's Poor Community Project Report and GG 2096194 - Ntenjeru Women's Empowerment Project Report. PDG Nick unfolds the nuances of microfinance, showcasing how RAGCED steers change. Mark your calendars for upcoming 2024 project fairs: Uniendo America (Jan 25-27, 2024) and Colombia 9th Project Fair (Feb 01-03, 2024). Join us in anticipation of the possibilities ahead.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Warm regards,


Editor, RAGCED Newsletter

Contact: editor@ragced.org


Editor's Message - December 2023 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCEDCares

GG 2015466 – CED for Jundiaí's Poor Community Project Report

In the project, GG 2015466, Rotary Club Jundiaí Serra do Japy, in collaboration with global partners, spearheads an impactful initiative focused on Economic Development through microcredit. Led by Alexandre Censi, the project aims to uplift Jundiaí's underserved communities by providing low-value loans, technical training, and financial education to small entrepreneurs. The comprehensive approach involves partnerships with local entities, educational institutions, and governmental organizations, creating an ecosystem that fosters sustainable growth. With an initial budget of US$30,135, the project has already made a significant impact, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive within their communities.
GG 2015466 – CED for Jundiaí's Poor Community Project Report 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSimplifiedGlobalGrants,#RotaryImpactGlobal

GG2096194 - Ntenjeru Women's Empowerment Project Report

The Ntenjeru Women Empowerment Project, a three-year initiative by the Rotary Club of Kampala Maisha, was implemented in Ntenjeru Sub County, Mukono District, Uganda. The Project is funded by the Rotary Foundation with substantial support from 8 Rotary Clubs subscribing to the Frankfurt Plus alliance with the Rotary Club of Frankfurt Staedel as Lead International Partner. This project aims to foster sustainable development and empowerment among women while nurturing community growth.
GG2096194 - Ntenjeru Women's Empowerment Project Report 2023-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

West Africa Project Fair: RAGCEDGlobal Collaboration


Rotary International, renowned for its commitment to humanitarian service, has been a driving force in fostering community development and international collaboration through various initiatives. One such pivotal event is the West Africa Project Fair, an annual gathering that epitomizes Rotary’s ethos of service and partnership. This article delves into how this fair, in collaboration with the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED), is expanding its visibility and impact, both in West Africa and globally.

West Africa Project Fair: RAGCEDGlobal Collaboration 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
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PDG Jim Louttit: RAGCED Chapters Empowering Community Change 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – NOVEMBER 2023 2023-11-12 05:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RotaryImpactGlobal,RAGCED

RAGCED's Partnership Committee: Pioneering Collaborative Impact

By Biswajit Ghosh, Chair - Partnership Committee
In the ever-evolving landscape of community economic development, the role of meaningful partnerships cannot be overstated. Recognizing this essential ingredient for transformative change, the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) has taken a visionary step with the establishment of its Partnership Committee.
RAGCED's Partnership Committee: Pioneering Collaborative Impact  2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Global Grants: Empowering Remote Communities 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSimplifiedGlobalGrants,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
Rotary Cadre Sustainable Development 2023-10-11 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development: A Global Community of Expertise 2023-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Tarahumara Sustainable Agriculture Project GG2093163

In the heart of Mexico's Copper Canyons, where rugged landscapes and ancient traditions converge, the indigenous Tarahumara people have thrived for centuries. Despite facing modern challenges such as encroaching roads, drought, and the threats posed by external forces, the Tarahumara have clung to their self-sufficient way of life.
In a recent webinar hosted by RAGCED Global on September 28, 2023, the spotlight was on the Tarahumara Sustainable Agriculture Initiative. This initiative, spearheaded by Rotary, has been a beacon of hope for the Tarahumara people, helping them navigate the changing tides while preserving their cultural heritage.
Tarahumara Sustainable Agriculture Project GG2093163 2023-10-10 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDGlobalWebinar,#RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
October 2023: A Presidential Reflection 2023-10-07 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
Defining CED: Empowering Communities for a Brighter Tomorrow 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares

Unlocking the Power of Community Economic Development

Explore the transformative potential of Community Economic Development (CED) in creating a more equitable and inclusive world. Discover how Rotary clubs and the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) collaborate to uplift underserved communities through sustainable economic opportunities. Learn how RAGCED can be your invaluable partner in realizing projects that eliminate poverty and foster lasting change.
Unlocking the Power of Community Economic Development 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares

IPP Margaret Sep23 Message

Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development – Reviewing Program and Projects 2022-23

Serving as president of the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development –RAGCED, I had the opportunity to engage with Rotarians throughout the world and that interaction made me more aware of the importance of information sharing. Last year, RAGCED expanded communication and information sharing, connecting Rotarians undertaking sustainable community economic development projects by utilizing the following strategies:
IPP Margaret Sep23 Message 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares

Dakshinpatha: Empowering Communities Through Rotary

Dakshinpatha, a prominent chapter within the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED), has earned a reputation as one of India's most successful and impactful Rotary chapters. Its journey towards success is characterized by a commitment to community development and a track record of delivering tangible results.


Dakshinpatha: Empowering Communities Through Rotary 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Process Simplified: Transforming Communities Through Rotary's Commitment

The Global Grant process, spearheaded by Rotary International, is a structured and comprehensive approach that empowers Rotary clubs and districts to fund and implement high-impact, sustainable projects addressing critical community needs. These projects span a wide array of areas, including clean water, healthcare, education, economic development, and more, aligning with Rotary's areas of focus. Here's a detailed overview of the Global Grant process:
Global Grant Process Simplified: Transforming Communities Through Rotary's Commitment 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 #RAGCEDNews,#RAGCEDSimplifiedGlobalGrants,RAGCED,RAGCEDCares
PRESIDENT’S SEPTEMBER 2023 MESSAGE 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: RAGCED's Women's Entrepreneurship Festival Inspires Success and Innovation Gomathy 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Unlocking the Potential of Colombian Youth

With an extreme level of economic disparity, the odds are stacked against the youth of Colombia. 41.5% of the male youth, and 45.7% of female youth live below the poverty line. And before the pandemic a staggering 61.2% of rural youth were living in poverty. At first glance these numbers may seem discouraging, but for Investing Hope Foundation they also represent a significant opportunity. IHF sees the potential that these youth possess and seeks to unlock it by providing entrepreneurship and savings education that will have a lifelong impact. The organization has seen first hand how with the right education and resources the youth are able to overcome economic and social challenges to not only meet their basic needs, but even save for their future.

Unlocking the Potential of Colombian Youth 2023-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

President Margaret's Message December 2022

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At the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development Annual Meeting on July 27, 2022, our Membership adopted Policies designed to facilitate communication, expand educational opportunities on subjects that relate to community economic development, and establish Partnerships with Rotary Clubs and Districts throughout the world. We have implemented the following programs and strategies to engage and educate our Members:
President Margaret's Message December 2022 2022-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

2022 RAGCED Virtual AGM

You are cordially invited to attend:

The 2022 RAGCED Annual General Meeting (AGM)

To Register: https://ragced.org/1/217/Contact_Us/
Please note the limit of 100 participants

Wednesday July 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST 09:00 Central (Chicago)

2022 RAGCED Virtual AGM 2022-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide.

Rotary International is excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program (CSP) that offers Rotarians across the United States the opportunity to host international fellows for a professional practicum at their workplace or a rich cross-cultural exchange through a homestay from August through November 2022

Community Solutions Program Les Miles 2022-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Nepal

The Rotary Club of Westminster International in London, UK, has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Dhulikhel and Gongabu, Nepal, on a microfinance global grant project that aims to support the economic development of Chittari Pokhari Village and to improve gender equality by increasing women's participation in the workforce.
Supporting Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Nepal Vida Haven 2022-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Community Economic Development

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.
Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
Rotary and Community Economic Development 2022-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the Savings Revolution

The Informal Economy
According to a recent report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 60% of the world's population participate in the informal sector - these are the legions of subsistence farm owners, market traders, street food sellers, seamstresses, and cobblers we see when we visit a poor country.
Since the 1970s, international development practitioners, including many International Rotarians, have supported the idea that with a small loan, those running "microbusinesses" in this informal economy will begin to prosper. Over the past several years, however, a growing body of evidence shows that while those with the best established businesses are prospering, most loans are used for immediate needs - food, medicine, school fees. For those living on the edge of survival, repaying these often costly loans is very difficult.

Rotary and the Savings Revolution Jeff Ashe 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Honduras Economic Development

HECD – Honduras Economic & Community Development – was birthed in 2012. It is a multi-faceted, multi-staged vision, founded on the principles of microfinance and sustainable development.

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Goal: for HECD to have 10 Phases and raise $1M for holistic microfinance/community economic development in Honduras.

Honduras Economic Development John Gilvesy 2022-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Empowering Women Video 2022-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Uniendo America Project Fair - 2022

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Uniendo América Project Fair District 4240 - 4250, is a space in which Rotary clubs of the world meet to visualize, talk, exchange and decide to help less favored communities in our countries Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
Uniendo America Project Fair - 2022 2022-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Yumbe Uganda Microcredit with TCP Global

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Attending a Zoom meeting of the Yumbe, Uganda provisional Rotary Club, my eyes welling up with emotion, I reached out in chat to another Zoomer who had just wiped her cheek. She admitted she too was tearing up. The club is not yet officially recognized by Rotary International, the women are well below the poverty line but they are already doing service projects.
Yumbe Uganda Microcredit with TCP Global 2022-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
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