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Kanupriya Harish

Name: Kanupriya Harish

Country: India

Organization: Jal Bhagirathi Foundation

Title: Project Director


As Project Director of Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (a grassroots Non-Government Organisation in Rajasthan, Western India), I am responsible for implementation and management of a large portfolio of projects being implemented in three districts of the Thar desert. In January 2009 I was inducted as a Trustee on the Board of Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. The focus of my work is on reviving traditional water harvesting systems through facilitation and capacity building of community institutions to address drinking water scarcity, climate change, enterprise development and setting up small water enterprises, addressing safe water and sanitation, women empowerment, rural livelihoods and advocating for policy reform to ensure pro-poor concerns are integrated in policy formulation.I am also responsible for developing new programs, project proposals, developing fundraising strategies and have been successful in expanding the donor base of the Foundation. As a front-line manager, I am involved in motivating team members to achieve the overall objectives of the organization, communicating to them the vision of the Foundation and creating shared goals and targets.

My key responsibilities include:

Strengthening organisational processes and systems

  • Managing and leading a professional team of 80 people
  • Set up systems/procedures for implementation, monitoring & evaluation of community-based projects
  • Ensuring quality management as per ISO 9001-2008 norms, accountability and transparency in organisational processes
  • Prepare workplans and budgets for field based projects and ensure smooth implementation

Advocacy, Networking, Building Partnerships and Fund Raising

  • Design, develop new programs and formulate project proposals for fundraising
  • Coordinate with multilateral, bilateral agencies and donor agencies, ensuring regular reporting
  • Network with grassroots NGO’s, CBO’s and women SHG’s to provide support in implementation of community based programs
  • Develop advocacy tools to ensure grassroots concerns are incorporated in policy formulation
  • Representing the Foundation in conferences, workshops and policy making forums for dissemination of community based best practices in water management

Training, Capacity building and Communication tools

  • Set up the Water Resource Centre in Jodhpur, a centre for training on community based water management approaches
  • Organise and conduct trainings for staff and community institutions including women’s groups, and orientation programs for national and international practitioners, scholars, students and interns.
    • Develop information, education and communication (IEC) tools for wider dissemination

I have in-depth and hands-on knowledge of working with communities, NGO’s, multilateral and bilateral agencies and have vast experience of over 8 years in implementation and management of community based natural resource management programs in the Thar desert (most densely populated and water scarce desert in the world) in Western Rajasthan, India. The work of the Foundation has been supported by many organisations including the European Union, UNDP, Italian Development Cooperation, Wells for India, HSBC Bank, The Asia Foundation, Princes Charities, Acumen Fund, UNICEF, USAEP and GAGP.

I obtained a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ne

Maureen Hamiyanze

Name:                             MAUREEN HAMIYANZE

Country:                ZAMBIA

Organization:      ‘FUTURE IN OUR HANDS’, ZAMBIA

Title:                     PROGRAMME MANAGER –



Professional expertise, interests and work history.

My passion is to bring about abundant life to rural households, especially women and children, using Sustainable Agriculture and Leadership Development as tools. I have served as an Agricultural Officer for the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture, specifically in charge of a livestock breeding unit that supplied improved livestock breeds to rural farmers in the Eastern Province. I have also served as Manager of Livelihood Improvement Programs for both local and international NGOs such as Women for Change, World Hope International Zambia, and currently Hodi. In all these assignments, developing and managing livelihood improvement programs centered on sustainable agriculture has been my core responsibility. I have also been involved in capacity building training in cross cutting issues such as leadership, gender, HIV/AIDS, and Human Rights. I believe in holistic sustainable development and my dream is to pursue a PhD in Agricultural Leadership and Development which will position me in a role of leadership where I will be able to influence the Agricultural Policy.

Current work activities

Currently, I serve as Programme Manager for the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Programme (ECLT) managed by Hodi, a Zambian Development Non Government Organization. My core responsibility is to manage the ECLT       Programme, whose goal is to address the supply and demand factors that perpetrate tobacco child labour in the Choma and Kalomo Districts in Southern Province. Specifically my responsibilities include:

Þ     Coordination of Community Development activities with a goal of bringing about economic empowerment of rural households by promoting (1) conservation farming and sustainable household food production and (2) sources of income to replace dependency on children working on tobacco farms. I provide capacity building training in: Sustainable Agriculture/Conservation Farming, Leadership, Planning & Budgeting, Proposal & Report Writing, and Gender & Advocacy.

Þ     Establishing and maintaining working relationships with key stakeholders both Government and Private; National and International. This entails coordinating and facilitating stakeholder training and workshops on strategic issues pertaining to development

Educational and Training background

  • BSc (Honours) in Agriculture with Division 1 Second Class, (II: 1) from University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom (Sept. 1998 – July 2002). Dissertation: ‘Forage Legumes for Low Cost Extensive Beef Production: Effects on Animal Performance, Carcass Quality and Fatty Acid Composition of Muscle from Beef Steers
  • Certificate in General Agriculture with merit from Zambia College of Agriculture, Monze, Zambia (Oct. 1987 – July 1989)

Awards and Professional Qualifications

Þ     African Women in Agriculture, Research and Development (AWARD) –Fellowship 2009 – 2011

Þ     AWARD Mentoring Workshop – Mombasa, Kenya – October 2009

Þ     AWARD Leadership Skills Course – Lilongwe, Malawi – April 2010

Þ     ECHO Agricultural Conference (Presenter & Delegate), Fort Myers, Florida USA (Dec. 2010)

Þ     Numerous certificates in leadership & specialized short courses in agriculture, Gender, HIV/AIDS & Human Rights.

Intan Manikam Asmara

Name: Intan Manikam Asmara
Country: Indonesia
Organization: Mercy Corps
Title: Project Officer

I have been working with various NGOs for almost 5 years, primarily in community development. I have experience in, and carry out, diverse programs such as environmental education for children, solid waste, water supply and sanitation services for urban poor communities, participatory spatial planning for urban slum areas, economic development for tsunami affected communities, and agroforestry. I have expertise in community mobilizing, participatory action research, project management and development. While at University, I voluntarily participated in forest conservation activities such as research on community based forest management, organizing training workshops and student forums, and a field study at national park. In 2005, I had a remarkable experience learning about indigenous knowledge of communities for management of Mount Merapi conservation area. Those experiences were documented and analyzed in my thesis research and contributed to advocacy strategies in urging participation of local communities in Mount Merapi National Park management.

Currently, I am working with Mercy Corps Indonesia as project officer for SCALE Resilience/ API Perubahan program. It is a USAID-funded program to improve resiliency of populations vulnerable to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change through strengthening the capacity of government, civil society, and the private sector to reduce risks and adapt to climate change. I have primary responsibility to carry out program implementation in Jakarta, particularly advocacy and government liaison. I am responsible for ensuring multi stakeholders coordination at multiple levels in mainstreaming the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to develop and promote an integrated participatory model to increase resiliency in hazard-prone areas, especially urban areas. I work closely with various stakeholders with include:

•Provincial and municipality governments, such as Development Planning Agency, Environmental Management Agency, Disaster Management Agency, Climate Change National Council, etc.
•NGOs, such as MPBI, Indonesian Red Cross, etc.
•Private sector, such as Unilever.
•University of Indonesia.
•Local CBO.

I received my Bachelors degree on Forest Resource Conservation from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta, Indonesia and participated on valuable trainings such as Watershed Management Field School (ESP-USAID and FIELD Indonesia Foundation, 2006), BEHAVE and LQSA Workshop (Mercy Corps, 2008), Coming to Consensus Training (IFN, 2008) and World Urban Forum 4 (UNHABITAT, 2008).

Kofo Adeleke

Kofo Adeleke has been employed by Community Conservation and Development Initiatives CCDI since 2001 and has for the past three years been the Director, Programmes. The positions she has previously held include working as a Welfare Officer with the Inner London Education Authority, a Programme Officer with the British Council, and an Administrative Assistant with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and as an Assistant Information Officer with the British High Commission, Lagos. She has also spent time as an English as a Foreign Language tutor and undertaken short term consultancies for Reuters, the Society of Family Health and for the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce and the ProInvest Programme of the European Commission.

Ms Adeleke’s major functions within the organisation are project design, development and coordination. She has developed and coordinated projects in Nigeria on rainwater harvesting, social forestry, renewable energy, child-friendly school initiatives and environmental education. Other responsibilities include the supervision of staff members, administrative and financial decision-making, identification of potential donors and partners, networking and proposal writing. Ms Adeleke’s activities also include the design, preparation and editing of publications, reports, manuals and training materials for teachers and other interpretive materials on CCDI initiatives, for example, ‘Nigeria, People, Environment and Development’ and ‘Green Spaces in a Mega City’ , publications of which she was the editor. She has been central to the organisation of more than ten seminars and workshops that CCDI organises to help promote an understanding of the relationship between environmental protection and sustainable development. CCDI is the regional partner for the Pan African Programme on Land and Resource Rights in Africa, PAPLRR, aimed at enhancing linkages between researchers, practitioners and advocacy groups in Africa, and Ms Adeleke has been involved in organising   regional and sub-regional workshops for PAPLRR.  She initiated the formation of the Lagos Environmental and Sanitation Network LESN, which aims to build a consultative process with the Lagos State government to develop strategies to solve environmental and sanitation issues.  Other CCDI partners and collaborators include the Canadian International Development Agency, the Centre for African Wetlands, Energia, Global Energy, the Goethe Institut, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, UNICEF and Vmobile.
Ms Adeleke received an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Social Sciences from the University of Leicester in 1981 and obtained an MSc in Social Administration from the London School of Economics in 1984 along with a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. Ms Adeleke also holds a Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. Since joining CCDI she has attended national and international workshops on land and resources rights, water, environmental education, renewable energy and the urban environment.  Ms Adeleke has also attended an ISNAR/CGIAR course on Proposal Writing, Project Development and Donor Relations.

Marion Antonette Abuel Daclan

I have been with Conservation International-Philippines for almost four years now. I started as a Research Associate for the Protected Areas Database Project. During these first two years with CI, I looked into available biological and socio-economic information on protected areas in the Philippines that would be used by PA Managers. Now as the Country Director’s Executive Technical Assistant, most of my time is spent on program development and monitoring, and nurturing relationships with our partners in the government and civil society.

Before CI, I was a Researcher for the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research Development Foundation, Inc and the University of Philippines’ Center for Women Studies for two years each. As a researcher in the university, my work was focused on community-based coastal resources management, knowledge management, and gender and development (GAD) skills development and mainstreaming.

I am also currently learning and enjoying being a mother to a 1 and half year old boy.

My work in CI requires me to be involved in almost all projects and activities in the organization including project development and monitoring. Currently, I am doing a lot of coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the proclamation of the Tubbataha Reef Marine National Park in Palawan and the International Biodiversity Day Celebration. I am also currently involved in the development of the human well-being and biodiversity conservation strategy of CI-Philippines. We are already working on consolidating the experiences of CI in Sierra Madre and Palawan and learning how we can address the human well-being concerns through our local partners. We also recently had a grant approved specifically for strategy development. I am also coordinating the Population, Health and Environment Network, specifically on the involvement of DENR in the network and on initial programmatic/ institutional preparations within CI for the 3rd National PHE Conference on 2008. I’m also engaged in the National Biodiversity Monitoring Alliance’s socio-economic working group as a resource person from CI, and the Philippine Eagle Alliance as one of CI’s representative by providing logistical assistance.

My formal training includes a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Psychology at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. I also took 16 units of Development Economics in the same university. I recently participated in a short course of Conservation Strategy Funds on Economic Tools for Conservation at Stanford University, California last August 14-27, 2005. Other relevant short trainings I received were: MS Access Applications by CI; Evaluation and Analysis of Gender Statistics by the US Census Bureau; Web Design for Beginners at University of Philippines; and Gender Sensitivity Training by the University Center for Women Studies.

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