Conference Proceedings

International Conference on Sustainable Village Based Development (Sep 27 – Oct 1, 1993)


The long-range purpose of this international conference is to find ways to cause sustainable village-based development (SVBD) to occur in the Third-World Villages to help meet the needs of 3 billions people. The short – range purpose is to initiate and conduct a pilot project as a field test of a basic model for sustainable village-based development that, expanded, would involve about one million people in 700 villages.  The immediate purpose of the ICSVBD is to take first step of creating a basic Design Manual for this and other Pilot Projects.


The International Conference on Sustainable Village-Based Development (ICSVBD) has been built around the concepts and ideas presented in Tandem Use of Hard and Soft Technology: an Evolving Model for Third World Village Development by Faulkner and Albertson, and A Model and Pilot Project for Third-World Village Development by Albertson, Shinn and Shinn, which is the first paper of this Proceedings. The basic theory, the plan and the program described in these papers have evolved over a period of 30 years — beginning Albertson’s involvement in the design of the Peace Corps and the Shinn’s involvement with the Institute of Cultural Affairs while working in many villages in different countries of the world.

This Proceedings for the ICSVBD is divided into sections categorized by the five major tasks in the proposed design of sustainable village-based development stated in the paper by Albertson, Shinn and Shinn, plus a general philosophy section and a section for papers received after the deadline. The papers received by the deadline have been included in each section according to the most prominent topic of the paper.

The Proceedings includes the papers that were received from the multitude of individuals who have written about their thoughts and experience regarding sustainable village-based development (SVBD). The papers have come from every continent and about 20 different countires.

Each author of a paper was asked to follow certain guidelines so that we would have a set of papers that were camera-ready for reproduction. Most authors were able to follow these guidelines while other were not. Regardless of this, however, we published the paper for the record. Consequently, there is a lack of uniformity normally expected in a proceedings.

The authors of these papers have observed or participated in numerous village development projects — some highly successful and others less successful. It is these rich experiences, however, that give them the knowledge and understanding to draw upon in writing these papers.