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MA in Sustainable Development


This paper centers on a case study of the Yayasan Bumi Sehat birth clinic in Bali, Indonesia. The case study focuses on the extent to which this initiative promotes sustainable development in the community it serves, as well as lessons learned from its operations that might be applied to the practice of development in the future. The formation of this case study stems from the experience and observations of the author as a student midwife with the organization for a 7 month period from September 2009 to April 2010.

Through a review of the practices and founding ideologies of the Bumi Sehat birth clinic, a review is made of connections to the Basic Needs Approach to development theory. The author notes specifically the benefits that could be rendered by the organization were it to consciously adopt a new, longer-sighted approach to development and to leverage the success of its initiatives with the spotlight currently focused on the fifth Millennium Development Goal outlined by the United Nations.

The author suggests that practical applications from the learning of this case study include; 1) the importance and validation of the practice of midwifery as a successful and deeply impacting avenue for community development, and 2) that developmental organizations need more than a brilliant premise or idea at its base to be successful in a sustainable fashion – goals, defined areas of practice and accountability must be in place to ensure that resources are applied to their fullest potential.


Civic and Community Engagement | Maternal and Child Health


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