Strengthening community resilience to the effects of climate change

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Is climate change your field of interest? Do you love sharing knowledge and information? Then this project on strengthening community resilience to the effects of climate change will spark your interest. You should have some basic knowledge in environmental management, especially in climate change, and agriculture. Experience in themes such as youth development, health, in particular HIV/Aids and sexual and reproductive health, as well as gender will also be helpful. Good communication and intercultural skills are vital for this project.

Development Initiative Network (DIN) is an NGO located in Chikwawa in Southern Malawi. Established in 2012, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) supports vulnerable communities, and especially disadvantaged youth. DIN counts five permanent staff members and over 200 local members. DIN provides resources and training to a poverty reduction community network. DIN focuses on a broad range of topics related to rural development and climate change like water, sanitation, health, education, gender and food security. The NGO works in close partnership with other NGOs and public stakeholders. DIN integrates the communities it is serving directly and in a participatory manner into its processes.

Your project will specifically deal with sustaining rural livelihood in the era of climate change and touch questions like: how can the communities become more resilient and shape their own development? What are mitigation strategies? Which crops are the best to use in the future under the premise of climate change? What are good irrigation schemes?

During your internship you will especially be concerned with capacity building and information sharing. In doing so, special attention will be paid to the needs of women, children and youth. You can take into account that there are wildlife and environmental clubs present in the communities and schools, which can form a useful platform for outreach and awareness campaigning. DIN and its stakeholders also need support in developing adaptation plans and in fundraising for its projects on climate change. However, you will discuss your concrete project tasks with DIN- depending on your competences and interests.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by a Polish and a German participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Rural development, Media and information, Ecology / Environment

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Commercial services, Financial services, Health / Health Care, Craft, IT / Web design, Arts / Culture, Agriculture, Social services, Media / Communications services, Education / Teaching, Tourism, Administration

Field(s) of study: Agricultural/Forest Science, Geography, Social sciences, Communication science / Media studies, Cultural studies / Arts, Medicine / Health, Natural sciences / Mathematics, Pedagogy / Education, Tourism, Environmental sciences, Economy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Agriculture, Education, Environmental and Sustainability Management and Sciences

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and October 2017

Country: Malawi

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Development Initiative Network (DIN)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: 8, 9, 13

Number of the internship: 50004002-1114


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