To extend access to the ELP beyond Berkeley, the program encourages and supports its alumni to develop “Regional Initiatives” adapted to local contexts, populations, and needs. This strategy greatly multiplies the impacts of the ELP around the world and enables alumni to use their leadership skills in developing and delivering appropriate training/capacity-building in their own countries and communities.
Examples of Regional Initiatives include:
The ELP maintains strong partner relationships with many development and environmental organizations including the United Nations, WWF, The Asia Foundation, Conservation International, Global Environmental Facility, CATIE, IICA, DAI and a new knowledge-sharing initiative, Development Practitioners Forum.
The Center for Collaboration on Sustainable Development and Environmental Management at St. Petersburg State University in Russia was established in 2004 by ELP alumnus, Dr. Svetlana Chernikova, and 14 collaborating “faculties”, to serve environmental leaders throughout Russia, CIS and the Baltic states. Interdisciplinary short courses are offered every summer at SPSU for academic, government, and NGO leaders (see photos below), as well as a newly created Masters Program in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. SPSU has five faculty members who are ELP alumni, including School of Management, Economics, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geography.
In 2009, the ELP signed an MOU with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), located at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB), to support continued participation of Southeast Asian nationals in the ELP at UC Berkeley as part of its capacity building efforts in the region. “The alumni of these two programs over the past four decades now constitute a cadre of trained professionals who take the lead in Southeast Asia’s agriculture and rural development efforts, which are mindful of environmental sustainability.” The current Director General of SEARCA, Gil Saguiguit is an alumnus of ELP 2001, as well as five SEARCA senior staff/advisors including the UPLB Dean of Environmental Science and UPLB Dean of Public Affairs. SEARCA offers various short courses to Southeast Asian leaders in Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Competitiveness, and most recently in “Values and Institutions of Biodiversity and Ecosystems” (Nov. 2010, photo, Gil Saguiguit second from left).
Another Regional Initiative is the recently launched, Indonesian Youth Leadership for Environmental and Governance Initiatives (IYLEGI), developed by eight Indonesian ELP alumni with co-funding from UNDP and the Ford Foundation. IYLEGI brings together two different leadership methodologies – the UNDP AYLG (Asian Young Leaders and Governance) and the Beahrs ELP at UC Berkeley.
The vision of IYLEGI training is to increase capacities of young leaders in the three main pillars of good governance, as shown in the IYLEGI graphic below:
The first IYLEGI training took place in September 2010 in Bogor with 13 participants representing nine government and NGO organizations from five provinces in Indonesia (see photo).
The ELP also collaborates with the international NGO, EcoAgriculture Partners, and local and regional partners, to offer courses in Leadership for Ecoagriculture and Integrated Territorial Development in Africa and Central America. Three courses have been offered in Central America (2007, 2008, 2010), and two in East Africa (2007, 2008) with a total of 160 participants.