ILAD works alongside local communities, governments, and organizations to effect positive change through the promotion of local language literacy and economic development.
ILAD is involved in a wide variety of projects around the globe. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals inform our focus and help guide our projects.
Sustainable Development Goals
ILAD seeks to align its work with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – specifically No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, and Quality Education.
Our Areas of Expertise
Business Development Centers
Business Development Centers (BDC’s) teach marginalized people how to successfully establish and manage their own small business. This entry into the market helps them provide for their families and communities. BDC’s provide education in basic business principles, along with coaching and mentoring. Business ownership is particularly empowering for women, who are often at a cultural disadvantage. Combined with literacy training, business training is a powerful tool that lifts people from poverty and promotes a positive impact on the world around them.
Human Language Technology
Innovations in Human Language Technology (HLT) offer significant potential for helping under-resourced language communities find their voice. With its emphasis on local language empowerment, ILAD seeks to be a pioneer in this new field. Whether text-to-text, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, or speech-to-speech, machine translation can help overlooked communities finally be understood in the world. HLT will bring critical educational resources to communities in a way they can understand, and to offer new capabilities to the communities among whom we work.
Many marginalized people live in rural areas and rely entirely on the land for survival. Through agricultural training, farmers are able to implement new strategies based on best practices for growing crops in their location. Training, combined with micro-finance services and access to markets, gives subsistence farmers the ability to increase production, acquire land, and improve their livelihoods. This cycle strengthens the health of entire rural communities.
Local Language Literacy
As the world becomes increasingly digital, the concept of literacy has evolved beyond reading and writing. We aim to strengthen under-resourced language communities that seek to thrive within multilingual environments. We partner with them to create mother-tongue resources for education and language planning with a focus on the 21st century literacy skills through oral, visual, written, and digital forms. Mother-tongue literacy offers a strong foundation for cognitive development and academic achievement in the majority culture, while also validating and showing people the inherent value of their language.
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Duncanville, TX 75138