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14 September 2017

Learning by doing is at the core to promote socially minded development practices. As part of a long-standing partnership between the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN) and The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), the DPU Alumni internship program aims to offer experience and on-the-job-training for junior development practitioners throughout Southeast Asia. This partnership is based on the shared institutional purpose of fostering people driven development while advocating for planning for socio environmental justice. In this context, the internship programme is one potent facet of the partnership and is envisaged as a collective learning process with the aim of encouraging knowledge sharing and innovation in development, grounded in the partners’ collaborative interventions and local experience. One output of the collaboration is a series of mechanisms for feedback and public learning, including the documentation of the experience.

ACHR/CAN conceives Citywide Upgrading as a development project. This perspective entails triggering change from social mobilization to policy influence grounded on the idea of ‘let the people be the solution’. In this perspective, Citywide Upgrading involves not only the physical realm but also the transformation of social capital, knowledge about the city, solidarity economy, and ultimate urban poor gaining political power to affect the decision-making processes. In sum, this approach links social processes of political negotiation and the transformation of the built environment.

So far, three waves of interns have been part of a first-hand experience engaging with urban issues in cities in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Currently, we are receiving applications for the fourth wave, launched in 2017.

As part of the programme, each wave of interns has produced a publication that summarises the reflections, outcomes and challenges of the experience. You can download each of them here:

Partners

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The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights is a regional network of grassroots community organisations, NGO's and professionals actively involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities. The coalition is action-orientated, highly decentralised, and aims to provide an alternative model of urban development based on Asian realities and experiences.

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Community Architects Network is a regional network of community architects and planners, engineers, young professionals, lecturers and academic institutes in Asian countries. Established in 2010, the network has been supporting community-driven projects under the Asian Coalition for Community Action programme (ACCA) regarding people housing, city-wide upgrading, and recovery from disasters. We believe the role of community architects is to build the capacity of people, by participatory design and planning process to make people be their own solution.
Outputs

Wave 1

Grounding Knowledge: Reflections on Community-driven Development in South East Asia 

A collection of essays recounting the experiences and learnings from the first class of the DPU/ACHR Junior Professionals Programme in 2012-13. The publication tells the stories of the first wave of DPU alumni who spent six months working with communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. During six months of immersion, the interns (Johanna Brugman, Barbara Dovarch, Zahra Kassam, Francesco Pasta, Ariel Shepherd) supported mapping, planning and design processes and debated issues of housing and land rights.


Wave 2

Grounded Planning: People-centred urban development practices in the Philippines 

This output is a result of the Phase II Junior Professional Internship Programme run by the DPU, ACHR and CAN. In 2015, the programme placed DPU alumnae Laura Hirst, Jessica Mamo and Mariangela Veronesi with the Philippine Alliance. The interns brought varied academic and professional backgrounds to the programme, from architecture and participatory design to environmental and social development planning.


Wave 3

Grounded Planning: People-centred strategies for city upgrading in Thailand and the Philippines

The third wave of interns’ activities and reflections are framed in the ACHR/CAN aim of advancing an agenda of Citywide Upgrading in the region. The four selected interns (Luisa Miranda, David Hoffman, Nausica Castanas and Cindy Huang) worked for six months at Openspace in Bangkok, Thailand and the Philippine Alliance (PACSII, HPFPI, TAMPEI, LinkBUild and CoreACS) in Manila and Cebu, Phillipines.

Coming soon…

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Interns' reflections

You can also read the reflection of the different waves of interns in the following blogs:

2016

2015

Laura Hirst Mariangela Veronesi

2014

Applications

DPU/ACHR/CAN Internship – Wave III

As part of a long-standing partnership between the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN) and The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), the Junior Professional/DPU Alumni programme aims to offer experience and on-the-job-training for junior development practitioners throughout Southeast Asia. The present call for Junior Professionals internships represents the fourth wave in this partnership. The details and previous experiences of the programme can be found on: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/dpuachrcan-internship-programme  

The primary purpose of this initiative is to support the development and use of methodologies and tools in community-driven processes urban transformation. The Junior Professionals will work with CAN members, community organizations and members of ACHR in different spheres of city wide upgrading strategies that involve mapping, planning, design, management, communication and so on.

Four candidates will be selected to work with partner organisations for 6 months, starting from the fourth week of November 2017.  

Two candidates will work with the Women for the World in Yangon, Myanmar, on urban housing for low-income households in connection with the Yangon Regional Government. The candidates will work on data analysis of housing planning and contribute to participatory mapping processes.

http://www.womenfortheworld.net

Two candidates will work with Sevenatha Urban Resource Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka, focusing on housing policy in Sri Lanka and the impact of the current wave of housing ‘verticalisation’, as well as community-led and managed water provision in the context of city-wide upgrading. The candidates will work on data analysis and support community mobilization in housing policy and water.

http://www.sevanatha.org.lk

The partnership is envisaged as a collective learning process with the aim of encouraging knowledge-sharing and innovation in development, grounded in the partners’ collaborative interventions and local experience. One output of the collaboration is a series of mechanisms for feedback and public learning, including the documentation of the experience.

Candidates for the internship programme must submit an updated CV and a letter of motivation outlining desires, competences and skills (max 1000 words).

Eligible candidates should have the following essential characteristics:

be a DPU alumni either in a MSc or a MPhil/PhD; have a related degree and/or experience in planning, geography, development studies, sociology, international studies, environmental science or architecture, with a strong interest in community-driven initiatives, housing, water and international development issues; demonstrate a clear attitude to learn and work with a local organizations in supporting people in community-driven processes; ability to work independently but also possess a clear disposition to work collectively within a team; ability to work towards deadlines, with an eye for detail; excellent oral, written and visual communication skills and IT skills; being open, practical, operational and collective.

 

Online Inception workshop: November 13th

Start of the internship: November 30th

Monitoring - research workshop (Yangon): February 17-18th 

Applications

For further details, an application form and instructions on how to submit please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/dpuachrcan-internship-programme  or contact Dr. Catalina Ortiz (catalina.ortiz@ucl.ac.uk) and Dr. Barbara Lipietz (b.lipietz@ucl.ac.uk ).  

Closing date to receive the application: 9:00 am on October, 20th 2017

Interviews with applicants: November 3rd, 2017

Candidates should cover the cost of their insurance themselves, and make it a pre-condition to show proof of payment before they are granted the award.

 

Key dates:

Launching new call for interns: October 9th

Deadline for application: October 20th

Pre selection process: October 20th – 27th

Short list publication: October 30th

Interviews: November 3rd

Interns announced: November 6th 

Necessary VISA and fees must be arranged and covered by the participant.

 

DPU will support the 4 selected Junior Professionals with around £4000 (the amount will vary according to the living cost in each city), aimed at covering:

Round-trip travel from participant’s home city or UK to the host country. Successful applicants are required to pay their round-trip travel in advance and the cost of travel will be reimbursed. Living allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals. In some countries, the host organization can provide free accommodation for the participant. (This could be in a field office or through a home-stay in the local community where they will work). The host country and organisation will confirm the accommodation arrangements once applicants are accepted. Experience of working or researching in South East Asia is a bonus.

 

In addition, eligible candidates should have the following desired characteristics:

Experience in urban design and architecture practice or in housing or upgrading projects in other capacities; Experiences in writing and documenting (e.g. electronically, through video, drawing, etc.) Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.