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In 2017 and 2018, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supported a three-day summer school in Hue on the subject of climate change and its impacts on the Central Vietnam region. The program offered thirty students and young professionals the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts from Vietnam, Germany, and the United States. The young participants came from five provinces in Central Vietnam where such opportunities are rare. Thanks to this offering, they developed a greater awareness of climate change as well as ideas for their own projects and networking activities between their provinces. Key issues included the use of renewable energies in Vietnam, coastal protection and erosion, sustainable forms of agriculture, and the positive effects of the discussion on climate change on areas such as health or technological innovations – in other words, the co-benefits.

The project was carried out by the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) in Berlin and the Mientrung Institute for Scientific Research (MISR) in Hue.

Read the report about the summer school on climate change in Hue, Vietnam, by our partner UfU.

In a community in the Central Vietnamese town of Hue, this project raised the local population’s awareness of the issue of sustainable and participatory urban development. Based on joint activities with political decision-makers as well as representatives of local organizations and their members, the project piloted opportunities for trans-sectoral and participatory urban development and boosted awareness of the environment and sustainable action at the local level.

The project was run by WWF Vietnam.

In various cities in Indonesia, 90 young founders and managers of civil society organizations got together in workshops to improve their management skills and discuss their work. One of the key issues on the agenda was how these young leaders can make better use of the resources of their organizations, be it the knowledge of their teams and the communities they work in or their own financial resources. Experienced trainers from the partner organization Penabulu Foundation provided food for thought. The participants work in different fields - from natural conservation to sexual education – and shared their diverse perspectives with each other. An online platform facilitates further education through online courses and an exchange among the NGOs after the workshops.

The project was implemented by the Penabulu Foundation. The Penabulu Foundation is an intermediary organization, which offers many smaller NGOs all around Indonesia support for organizational development and provides a platform for mutual exchange.

Ten young Indonesians aged between 18 and 25 were trained as ambassadors for religious tolerance, pluralism, and democracy. They hail from the cities of Jakarta, Wonosobo, and Bojonegoro, which are part of the global Human Rights City initiative. From bloggers to political poets to prospective judges, all the young people involved promote tolerance in Indonesian society through their own initiatives and strengthen cohesion in their communities. During the program, they received support in implementing their project and were trained in project development, rhetorical skills, and presentation techniques. The young fellows also had the opportunity to present their project proposals to the mayors and district officials of their respective cities as well as to decision-makers from national ministries, either in a talk show-like format or by producing their own videos.

Our partner is the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID).

The impacts of climate change are impossible to ignore in many Indonesian cities. The north coast of Java in particular is severely affected by flooding in many places. The ramifications are complex and most direly felt by population groups that are already socio-economically disadvantaged. City budgets are tight and municipal administrations are often unable to cope with the issue at hand. To connect committed citizens and bring them together with representatives of their municipalities, our partner organization, the Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan), organized offline and online meetings to discuss challenges and solutions. Through these newly-built channels of communication, representatives of the administration get a more direct impression of the problems on the ground. At the same time, smaller associations and initiatives can form alliances to better represent their concerns. These efforts are supported by a website and an app that enable straightforward exchange and prepare complex data on the topic in a way that is easy to understand.

This pilot project is being implemented in Pekalongan, Central Java.

Watch a video about the flood problem in Northern Java and its consequences for the people living in the affected areas, produced by a youth group from the city of Pekalongan.