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Reinforcing Sustainability Awareness Literacy in Bahrain Using the Triangulation Approach: The Youth, Women, and Grassroots
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Key words: Sustainability Awareness Literacy, Triangulation Approach, Youth, Women, Grassroots.

Government attempts for sustainability in all its jurisdictions have been given utmost significance in the recent years due to the manifest necessity to safeguard various forms of resources for the future stakeholders and to provide a route for development and growth that is rooted in the premise of positive conservation, protection, and continuity. These endeavours for sustainable development were put forward in a methodical process due to the creation of several frameworks for sustainability, deliberate interventions of international organizations, collaboration of various worldwide alliances, and bolstering support systems in various nations. Nonetheless, the implementation of sustainable development programs in different countries is confronted by many challenges that are primarily political, economic, and technological in nature (Long, 2009). In the context of the Gulf region, these issues accompanying the local sustainability scheme continue to be bottlenecks of its effective and efficient promulgation. Sillitoe (2013) provides a substantial elucidation of this proposition by highlighting the Gulf’s reliance on non-renewable forms of energies and processes to supply global energy needs. This concern has also verity in the context of Bahrain, one of the countries in the Gulf region, where dependence on non-renewable energies is evident and highly palpable.

Given these critical matters linked with the operation of sustainable development programs, this paper shall provide a framework for reinforcing the efforts for sustainability in the Kingdom of Bahrain with the use of a threefold Triangulation Approach and with the primary emphasis of the roles of youth, women, and the grassroots level. The first section of the paper focuses on the lack of awareness among the stakeholders on the basic tenets of sustainable development. A term called Sustainable Awareness Literacy (SAL), a novel terminology, is introduced and described exhaustively in this section of the paper using Bahrain as the local environment. Formulation of this construct is based on the conceptualizations available in both theoretical and empirical literature. The second section of the paper builds a discourse that centres on the specific actions that are needed to be undertaken in order to address the current status of Bahrain in terms of its Sustainable Awareness Literacy. Using the Triangulation Approach (TA), the aforesaid measures are tackled considerably. Planning, implementation, and assessment are the main components of the Triangulation Approach that also constitute the core elements in addressing the issues of Sustainability Awareness Literacy in Bahrain. In the said approach, the role of the youth, women, and the grassroots sectors in the promotion of Sustainability Awareness Literacy is given foremost significance. An integral part to the TA is the inclusion of the different social sectors in a process that is based on strong collaboration and partnerships. The last section of the paper offers a discussion on the anticipated challenges in the future utilization of the aforesaid approach. Diverse sectoral implications on the advancement of Sustainability Awareness Literacy among various stakeholders of the Bahrain community are clarified in the last section of the paper.


Motivation for the Research:

As a practitioner in the field of public administration, diplomacy and governance, sustainable development has been one of my research interests. Its increasing significance in today’s society cannot be understated and concealed if positive development is to be put forward. Despite the pervasiveness of international endeavours for sustainability, there are still existing issues on the effective and efficient implementation of these strategies. I strongly believe that conducting a localized inquiry on how to address these issues would contribute to the global efforts for sustainability. Hence, this paper tackles the lack of awareness of the public sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain as one of the fundamental concerns in the implementation of the sustainability agenda in the Gulf region. By exploring this issue, I can logically formulate a specific set of actions to strengthen the sustainability awareness through a framework called the Triangulation Approach.