EarthRights International's Mekong School is accepting applications for its seven-month training programme designed for civil society advocates from the Mekong region who are working on environmental and human rights issues.
The training focuses on the impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly hydropower dams, and how citizens are engaged in advocating for more equitable development in the region. The programme is open to students from China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Through a series of field visits, students will examine the potential impacts of projects, such as the series of hydropower dams currently planned and under construction along the Mekong and its tributaries, on local livelihoods and the environment.
Finally, graduates will focus on ways in which they can advocate greater public participation and transparency in Mekong development planning.
Students will develop an understanding of the impacts of hydropower dams and other large-scale development projects, as well as the views and approaches of stakeholders. They must be able to understand and analyse how communities have tried to ensure greater protection of human rights and the environment.
The programme also aims to develop students' research, advocacy and campaigning skills, and develop strong relationships and networks.
Ideal candidates are working on environmental, human rights, or community development issues, and have the capacity to become community leaders and/or advocates. While no formal education is required, they must possess basic English communications skills.
The training will take place in Chiang Mai from June to December and includes two months of practical work when students return to their home countries to conduct field work.
Housing, transportation, and a modest living stipend are provided.