IID Challenge Grants Program Winners Selected
The IID Challenge Grants Program invited entries from the four member countries of the UNIID-SEA, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The best project proposal from each country will receive grants to implement the IID project proposals. And after months of deliberations, the evaluators from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have adjudged the best project proposals.
The Challenge recognized these four projects for their noteworthy and workable innovative solutions to persisting poverty-related and social exclusion issues. Additionally, these projects are recognized for enabling more inclusive and collaborative problem solving approaches such as participatory research, citizen science, and human-centered design.
The Winning Challenge Grants
Presently, majority of the public places and buildings in Ho Chi Minh City are inadequately structured to accommodate the PWDs. The Project aims to address this inadequacy by developing a smartphone- and web-based application to provide the PWDs accessibility information of public places and amenities in the city. This undertaking will be the first for the city and its PWD community.
The Vietnam research team includes Dr. Nguyen Luu Bao Doan, with Phan Thi Rat, (People with Disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City) and Luu Thi Anh Loan (Disability Research and Capacity Development Center).
Science Field Shops in Indonesia: Agrometeorological Learning and the Provision of Climate Services to Rice Farmers in Indramayu
By extending the reach of the Science Field Shops, the Project aims to increase the understanding of farmers on the impacts of climate change to rice production as well as on adaptation strategies and ongoing mitigation efforts against the effects of climate change. Moreover, the project will train farmer facilitators as extension agents from within the communities to cascade climate change awareness to communities with cropping and farming systems.
The Indonesia research team is comprised of Prof. Yunita T. Winarto, Prof. Kees (C.J.) Stigter, Muki T. Wicaksono, S. Sos., Ubaidillah Pratama, Aria Sakti Handoko, Febry Sulistya, Amin Jalalen (The Indramayu Rainfall Observers Club), and Dr. Suraya Afiff (The Center for Anthropological Studies, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia).
Motorcycle taxis are cornerstones of urban mobility and livelihoods in Bangkok, with over 6,000 motorcycle taxi stands and 200,000 drivers in every corner of the city. Despite their significant roles, motorcycle taxi drivers are often subject to extortion by the mafia and looked down upon by policy makers and planners.
The Project will develop supporting tools and to enhance capacity building of the drivers as surveyors. Working closely with the Motorcycle Taxi Association of Thailand, the project will develop a handbook and IT application to help with collecting field data and will organize capacity-building workshops for the stakeholders. The data acquired will be directly used in our other research and development projects. The project will not only enhance the livelihoods but will also earn social recognition on the significant roles of a marginalized group in Thai society.
The Thailand research team includes Dr. Nattapong Punnoi, Chalerm Changthongmadan (Motorcycle Taxi Association of Thailand), Asst. Prof. Niramon Kulsrisombat (Urban Design and Development Center), and Mr. Weerawat Ratanawaraha (Haak Square).
Sustainable Food Systems of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines: Linking Nutrition, Agroecology, and Culture Towards Food Security and Resilient IP Communities
The Project taps on the Indigenous Peoples’(IPs) traditional food system as the locus of cultural regeneration and revival to achieve intertwined goals of food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods and environment, and cultural heritage preservation. IPs’ local knowledge and food systems are poorly documented and fast disappearing, despite their utmost importance not only for sustaining IPs but also for providing alternative paradigms to cope with diverse ecosystems in a changing global environment
The Philippine research team is comprised of Winifredo B. Dagli,Melanie H. Narciso, Eduardo F. Roquino, Evelyn S. Dunuan (Coalition for Indigenous Peoples Rights and Ancestral Domains), and Ma. Vicenta De Guzman (PANLIPI- Tanggapang Panligal ng Katutubong Pilipino.
These Projects will be awarded on November 5, 2014 at Aryaduta Hotel, Jakarta Indonesia.
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