WISE Happenings | October 2019
A roundup of what our team was up to in October!
Volunteer Harris and Core Team member Rosa traveled from Flores in East Nusa Tenggara to Semarang in Central Java to present their paper ‘Community Empowerment for Environmental Sustainability Based on Local Wisdom’ at the International Conference on Environment, Sustainability Issues and Community Development (INCRID). It was a fantastic experience for the team to share their work and communicate with like-minded people.
Rosa and Harris also took the opportunity to visit the Semarang-based organisation Kolektif Hysteria, a hub that connects people interested is addressing community problems and development, as well as a tourism consultant for Nagekeo, discussing community-based and environmentally-friendly tourism.
Thank you to the 11 donors who contributed to cover the costs of attending the conference!
Earlier this year, Sophorn, a long-time volunteer who is now working part-time with WISE, completed a nine-week online course on ‘Water Safety Plans: Risk-Management for Drinking Water Supplies‘ offered by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She shared what she learned with the rest of the WISE team through an online sharing session on 12 October. Even though the course material focused on experiences from developed countries, the insights Sophorn gained about how to develop water safety plans will be helpful for WISE’s water supply projects, such as the Tapon Drought Project.
Core Team member Yoke Pean participated in the ASEAN Youth Fellowship in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from 28 September to 5 October 2019. She met and exchanged ideas with fellow leaders from across ASEAN, and discussed potential projects to collaborate on in the near future!
The Behaviour Change Hackathon (BCHack) team kicked off the 16-week Investment Readiness Programme that will culminate in an opportunity to pitch the hackathon to a panel of impact investors. So far, the team have been working on defining the project’s problem, vision, and theory of change, as well as visually mapping the Sustainable Development Goals related to the problems and solutions addressed by the hackathon.
If you would like to support BCHack by proving feedback to improve our project, do get in touch!