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Boram Im

Name: Boram Im

Country: South Korea

Organization: Korea University

Title: Master’s Student

 

Biography:

Boram is a Master’s student in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at Korea University. She is in her third semester. Before Boram entered graduate school, she worked at Korea Rural Economic Institute as an assistant officer for a year. The Department of Food and Resource Economics provides specialized courses on agrifood and resource economics, macro- and microeconomic analysis, applied econometrics, and food policies. As food and resource production is more internationally interrelated, the department has gained interest in finding out how to address global agrifood and resource problems collaboratively. Boram’s ultimate goal is to promote the agriculture for food security and to help restore the nutrition in vulnerable communities or people. To do these, there are lots of things to consider such as cultural context, economic impact, environment challenges, etc. As a first step to achieve her goals, Boram is planning to participate in the dual master degree program in EU countries.


Joselito Costas

Name: Joselito Costas

Country: Philippines

Organization: Cebu Provincial Tourism Office

Title: Engagement Consultant

 

Biography:

Jose graduated with a BS Biology degree in 1987 and did certificate courses in Conservation in 2013, Heritage Studies in 2007 and Professional Management in 2005. He currently works at the Provincial Government as Stakeholder Engagement Consultant for Community-based Ecotourism. The Cebu Investment and Promotions Office promotes green economy that balances economic growth and environmental sustainability. It works to make the province a more efficient place for work, a more convenient area for leisure and a more livable environment for families. Jose hopes to work with stakeholders in Tanon Straight and in the Key Biodiversity Areas by connecting them to government, private and civil society through community-based natural resource management and ecotourism, and to create a vibrant, biodiversity-rich and healthy Tanon Strait and Key Biodiversity Areas to become sustainable tourism destinations.


Issoufou Adbdoulkader

Name: Issoufou Abdoulkader

Country: Niger

Organization: World Food Programme

Title: Cash and Voucher Programme Assisant

 

Biography:

Kader received his degree in Geography from University of Maiduguri in 2004. He then worked as a teacher before starting working with NGOs (CARE International, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, Tassa) and the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is a United Nations agency mandated to provide emergency and development assistance to eradicate hunger and poverty amongst the poorest and most food-insecure countries and populations. In Niger, WFP is developing both emergency and recovery operations. In 2017-2019, Niger WFP will focus on strengthening resilience through an integrated multi-sector and multi-partner safety net and disaster risk reduction approach. It will purse two objectives including continuing to respond to the needs of vulnerable women and men, girls and boys, and supporting the government in building safety nets on the vulnerable groups.


Tajreen Midhat Jafri

Name: Tajreen Midhat Jafri

Country: Pakistan

Organization: OMV Pakistan

Title: Coordinator CSR

Specialty: Community Development

 

Biography:

Pakistan is a country that lives in many centuries. On the one hand, there are living standards comparable to that of any affluent society of the developed world. And, on the other hand, there is a complete dearth of basic amenities of life, such as education, access to basic health care, and clean drinking water. Living in a developing country, one cannot be oblivious to these stark surroundings that are marked by oppositions, be it rich/poor, weak/powerful, man/woman, privileged/deprived.

I have been working with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Pakistan for an Austrian multinational oil company called OMV since 2010. OMV has its operations primarily in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. I have had the opportunity of engaging with many aspects of industry and local community. Being a part of CSR, my work focuses on the implementation of sustainable community development projects for the social uplift of the local communities where OMV has its operations. The community development projects are primarily focused on education, women empowerment, health, livelihood/income generation, energy, water supply, and handicrafts.

My work concerns the initiation of projects based on the baseline studies and through community consultation, regulatory approvals and joint venture partner approvals, managing relations with implementing partners, reporting to internal and external stakeholders, managing correspondence related to the regulatory authority and the government (provincial and national level). I am also looking after the procurement process pertaining to the community development projects.

As I am working for a multinational organization, it is pertinent that the projects we initiate are need-based, and are not seen as imposed or foreign by the local communities. Therefore, the community development program of OMV consists of projects that are based on the real needs of the community. We engage in a process of community consultation and capacity building where we give communities the ownership of the projects in order to make the projects sustainable. We work with the approach of involving all the relevant stakeholders ranging from the local communities, government, local tribal leaders, and NGOs in order for the projects to be sustainable. OMV has also done partnerships with international organizations including the Austrian Development Agency, Hilfswerk, and the World Petroleum Council.

Being based in the head office in Islamabad, I have had the opportunity to engage with various aspects of the industry, government and the local communities. I get the opportunity to see the greater dynamics of decision making at the government level that ultimately impacts the local communities. It is often challenging to find equilibrium between the government (national and provincial), policy at the OMV headquarter in Vienna, and managing the expectations of the local communities in order to achieve the objective of sustainable and responsible CSR work.

Prior to joining CSR at OMV, I was doing my Bachelors in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics External Program. I was actively involved in social work during my university. I was working with the internally displaced persons, focusing on interfaith harmony for peaceful co-existence and trauma relief activities for children. I have also had the opportunity of being part of the Council of International Fellowship (CIF) Program in the Netherlands in 2012. The cultural program offers professional cultural and educational exchange opportunities for social workers and development professionals across the globe.


Myo Ko Ko

Name: Myo Ko Ko

Country: Myanmar

Organization: POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together)

Title: Program Manager

Specialty: Community Development, Environment and Indigenous Peoples Rights Trainer

 

Biography:

During my work at KBC, I carried out emergency relief and rehabilitation, environmental concerned activities, capacity building programs and livelihood programs and while at Spectrum I worked as a trainer for environmental awareness. At present, I am working at POINT, to save both the environment and people who are affected by development projects. I have noticed that the more people destroy the earth, the more negative impact they get back. Organizations like us cannot always assist with relief work whenever a disaster comes, instead it is important to prevent and protect beforehand, as there is a saying “Prevention is better than Cure”. Furthermore, we can also compare the cost of prevention to the cost of relief or recovery as the cost of prevention can only be cash while the cost of relief will be both cash and lives of people. Therefore, I prefer to do development projects for the community that adds values to the development of the country whereas relief work is just like solving the case in an emergency situation and the impact will not last long.

On the other hand, although I work very hard for the community, my background education is in Business Management, which is not directly relevant to environmental management work. When the country situations change, the development work also needs to adapt with it. Therefore, it is also crucial to keep an eye on global trend to be able to benefit for the country’s attempt to development. Thus, I would like to go on working for the people and environment of the country with better understanding about sustainable environmental management and I am sure this course is the most suitable one to study about them.

Different people may have different expectations from the program. For me, my interest now is to understand the concepts and practical understanding on the existing mechanism to carry out sustainable development of the country. Throughout my life, I have learnt to keep value on traditional knowledge and the environment we have. Now as a leader for POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together), which helps to promote ethnic minorities and their environment related activities in Myanmar, I do believe this course will provide the students on the subject of a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable environmental management which is essential and relevant for my current work. I am very much hopeful to attain this course and I will surely try my best for this.

After completion of my study, I will serve the community through my host organization POINT with my improved knowledge and skills as an academic. I will also share my findings whenever possible to the network organizations we are working with all over the country. By this, I hope to be able to advocate and implement projects that can save the community with long-term development and sustainability. The success of my development work then will contribute to the overall development of the country.

In the future, I am sure that I will share my knowledge and skill both as a social worker in my community where it is needed. I am also confident to try my best and to use the skills I have got from this study back to my community.

I am working as a program manager at a local organization called POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together). I am also part of the founding members of this organization. POINT was established in March 2012 but the founders have been working for the civil society movements, especially promoting a rights-based approach to development and indigenous peoples’ rights, in Myanmar since 2007. POINT was established as a response to the lack of organizations led by indigenous peoples and working to promote and defend the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to environmental sustainability in the country.

Currently, with the new government’s development plan for the country, most of indigenous peoples’ land are marked for special economic zones, mega dam, mono cropping such as rubber plantation, Gold Mining, Coal, High way road, Deep Sea Port, etc. Therefore, there is a rapid need to raise awareness to IP communities on right-based approaches to development mechanism as well as to advocate and raise the concern of people to the government in relation to sustainable development and natural resource management.

As an overall, my current work responsibilities are coordination and implementation of ongoing program design and strategy development of the project and also ensuring coordination among partner organizations. I am responsible for program delivery to team and continuing partner portfolio management and resource development. I also do adaption/development, and dissemination of relevant IEC materials, quality control of all IEC materials, policy analysis, advocacy and representation.

POINT (Promotion Of Indigenous and Nature Together) is networking with Local Indigenous Communities in every state and region. POINT is also a member of the Gender Equity Network (GEN) at a National Level, advisor of Karen Environment Network (KEN), members of Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA). POINT is also supporting the Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) in Myanmar. At the ASEAN Regional level we are networking with AIPP (Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), we are networking with Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy Projects (AIPNEE) and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD), Climate Change Monitoring and Information Network (CCMIN) and ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN).

I studied Physics at the University of Dagon, and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (Business Major) at the Myanmar Institute of Theology. Now I am studying Master of Arts in Community Development Studies at the Myanmar Institute of Theology.

I also have attended some short courses. In 2014 I attended International Financial Institutions (IFI) watch organized by Bank Information Center (BIC) based in USA and also Convention on Biological Diversity training organized by Tebtebba, AIPP and CBD. Community Based Monitoring Information System (CBMIS) organized by AIPP and Tebtebba. In 2010, I attended a three months course about Community Development and Civic Empowerment (CDCE) in Chiang Mai University, Thailand. In 2010, I attended an Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and advocacy Training Program organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation, Chiangmai, Thailand. In 2009, I attended Mangrove awareness training in Myanmar. In 2009, I attended the Disaster Risk Reduction TOT (DRR TOT) organized by Action Aid Myanmar. In 2008, I attended the Community Organization (CO) training organized by Urban and Rural Mission, Myanmar Council of Churches).



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