Fellowship Wrap-Up and Curriculum Reflection

23rd – 24th October 2017
Inya Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

The Capacity Building and Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Mekong, Salween and Red river basins (MK31, 32 and 33) project has worked to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Red, Mekong and Salween river basins. A particular cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization. It has also sought to build a learning community amongst these scholars and practitioners.

During phase 1 of the project during 2015 and 2016, 38 fellows undertook research, joined three workshops about research design, fieldwork and writing, and produced: two blogs; a research report; a conference paper; and a policy brief. They also joined two Greater Mekong Forums on Food Water and Energy in 2015 in Phnom Penh and 2016 in Bangkok. Furthermore, the fellows presented their research at the International Conference on the Mekong, Salween and Red Rivers: Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives Across Borders at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in November 2016. In phase 2, selected fellows (8 per basin) were further supported to contribute either a book chapter or journal paper for publication.

The final workshop of the fellowship program is intended to: prepare fellows for the 2018 Greater Mekong Forums on Food Water and Energy; gather input on key water topics regarding a future curriculum, and provide a wrap-up for the fellows and gather feedback for the project.

Workshop objectives
Day 1:
• To prepare fellows for the WLE Forum on 25-27 October
Day 2:
• To gather input on water governance, gender, and water about the Mekong,
Salween and Red rivers, drawing on the fellow own knowledge and experience
• To gather feedback from the fellows on the strengths, challenges, and future suggestions for the fellowship program