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The majority of the world population lives in urban areas and the impacts of climate change come in various forms - increased incidence of heat waves, water shortages, storm surges, and floods affecting urban infrastructure and peoples’ livelihood.
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09 January 2015

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Recognizing the need to maximize the interaction and synergies across the water, food, and energy sectors and the potential for an integrated resource management approach to enhance resilience-building, the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat, the sub-regional node for Southeast Asia, partnered with GIZ Urban Nexus and UNESCAP to sponsor two parallel sessions about the topic in the Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 (RCAP): 1st Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation. RCAP 2015, the first regional edition of the successful "Resilient Cities Series: Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation", was held on 11-13 February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The nexus-resilience sessions gathered nearly 100 participants from the RCAP, which reflect great interest in the emerging topic. Attendees include local executives from several Asian cities, local and national government representatives, people from international and non-governmental organizations, universities, and civil society groups. Distinguished speakers come from UNESCAP, GIZ Urban Nexus Team, International Water Association, Institute of Global Environmental Strategies, Asian Development Bank, Hosei University, and Nonthaburi Municipality.

The first session presented evolving challenges, risks and vulnerabilities being faced by cities and highlighted the need to increase urban resilience. One entry point mentioned is through the urban nexus approach, which promotes a holistic, integrated approach to urban planning and resource management specifically in the water, energy and food sectors. ‘Resource efficient and low carbon cities will become more livable, competitive, resilient, sustainable, and ultimately more successful’, stated by Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division of UNESCAP. Points that surfaced in the discussions include the importance of comprehensive and city wide approaches, vertical and horizontal coordination, innovative technological solutions to implement the WEF nexus, paradigm shift in urban governance, resilient physical and social infrastructure, and recognition of transboundary issues in terms of natural resource management. All of these can lead to inclusive (pro-poor) urban climate resilience.

In the second session, panelists discussed the importance of partnerships and platforms for knowledge exchange, including national-local dialogue, peer-to-peer learning, and South-South discourses. On the other hand, it is stressed, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to development; context is always critical, along with issues of expansion and scalability. Some challenges in implementing the nexus approach that were mentioned include coordination problems (siloistic thinking), difficulty for local governments to access loans from international financing agencies, and lack of autonomy of some local governments to implement plans and programmes.

The RCAP 2015 gathered about 300 representatives from over 30 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The event was successful in launching reports, programmes and networks. Local executives supported the Bangkok Call for Action towards Urban Resilience in the Asia Pacific, which highlight the need ‘to do things differently; to be prepared; to innovate; to constantly learn and adapt; and to enact the full spectrum of resilience actions…for current and projected risks’. For more information about the RCAP, please visit http://resilientcitiesasiapacific.iclei.org/

Bangkok, Thailand
17 July 2014

Win-win Relations, Recognition & Resource mobilisation

WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

As donors are diminishing their funding, NGOs need to find alternative ways of generating support from their external environment in order to increase their influence and to sustain themselves. Communication technologies and our rapidly changing world provide new opportunities for engagement and outreach. Hence, support-raising is more than just fundraising, it is about relationship building, recognition (become more visible in your domestic arena) and resource mobilisation. It covers the identification and mobilisation of all kinds of support, including voluntarism, moral support, political and policy support from individuals, governments, the private sector and other NGOs.

PARTICIPANTS

This course is aimed specifically at staff working for NGOs as well as desk-officers in relevant donor organisations, universities or government bodies who want to contribute to better embedding their organisations into their local environment for increased domestic support and organisational sustainability.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

This course focuses on your organisational needs for successful support raising. First, support raising needs to be defined and identified what it means for your organisation. Then, you will learn how to map the main stakeholders and context you are working in and you will be equipped with tools and skills to formulate concrete strategies and action plans on DSR. Lastly, you will get insight into writing proposals and writing styles. Besides working on strategies for your own organisation, this course will reinforce your skills.

COURSE DETAILS:

  1. Language: English
  2. Dates: 08th - 11th September 2014
  3. Course fee: € 650
  4. Country: Bangkok, Thailand
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/dsr-a/#.U7fWepSSw6k

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Domestic Support Raising – the Concept
  • Organisational identity and Unique Selling Points (USPs)
  • Identify needs of potential support partners and your needs
  • Matchmaking strategies
  • Decision making skills
  • Writing proposals and writing styles
  • Communication skills
  • Networking

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Mr. Yaseen Ariff
Marketing Assistant - MDF Asia
yaseen@mdfsa.lk
Mobile: +94 777 989 327
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

Bangkok, Thailand
07 July 2014

The duty of a wise advocate is to convince his opponents...

What is this course about?
As a professional in livelihoods and economic development or as a company with social ambitions, you are keen to develop value chains that combine business competitiveness and profit, with the reduction of poverty or food insecurity. You may be looking for an update in the science for examples of products and commodities relevant to the challenges of the region.

PARTICIPANTS
Experts on private sector development in need of practical tools to analyse sectors and design leveraged interventions. Those who are working for an NGO, government agency, donor or consultancy company searching for approaches and instruments that enable pro-poor value chain development.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
We aim to enhance your understanding and proficiency in applying the VCD approach in the context of livelihoods projects and businesses. At the end of the training you will be able to:

  1. Design value chain development projects
  2. Analyse sub-sectors and value chains and apply practical tools to select value chains that have potential for pro-poor growth
  3. Enhance your analytical skills to determine market requirements and identify competitive challenges
  4. Understand the different roles that relevant stakeholders play in developing value chains and develop matching strategies

COURSE DETAILS:

  1. Language: English
  2. Dates: 21st - 23rd July 2014
  3. Course fee: € 450
  4. Country: Colombo, Sri Lanka
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/api-a/

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Advocacy concepts and policy influencing
  2. Advocacy continuum and the advocacy cycle
  3. Analysing the environment (factors and actors)
  4. Beneficiary participation and stakeholder analyses
  5. Legitimacy by networking and alliance building
  6. Relations building / networking
  7. Reinforcement of advocacy skills
  8. Dealing with power and principled negotiation

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Ms. Inez UsLeyanege
Marketing & Client Liaison – MDF Asia
inez@mdfsa.lk
Mobile: +94 77 3949041
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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