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RESILIENCE BY DESIGN NEPAL 2016 – FAQs

WORKSHOP RESILIENCE BY DESIGN NEPAL 2016

FAQs – If you have any question not covered by the information below contact us on resiliencebydesign@asf-uk.org

1. What is the program for the workshop?

The workshop includes 11 working days and 1 free day. Please find below a brief outline below:

• Day 0 – Welcome (late afternoon)

• Day 1 – Multi stakeholder symposium hosted by UN-Habitat and ASF Nepal to introduce participants to the context, the challenges and stakeholders involved in the reconstruction of the Kathmandu Valley and particularly the key issues in Bungamati. The afternoon is dedicated to a city tour of Kathmandu, finishing the day in Bungamati.

• Day 2 – Interactive training for local and international participants on participatory and interdisciplinary design and planning.

• Day 3 – First fieldwork in Bungamati, mapping exercises and consolidation of working groups for each neighbourhood cluster.

• Day 4 & 5 – Fieldwork in Bungamati – Diagnosis, participatory design and planning for the neighbourhood clusters.

• Day 6 – Working day at the hotel, consolidating data and preparing tools and materials for next stage of the fieldwork including participatory activities and public events with the community. Cross-fertilisation between groups working in different neighbourhood clusters.

• Day 7 – Fieldwork in Bungamati – Discussing preliminary proposals with the residents

• Day 8 – FREE DAY (Sunday)

• Day 9 – Half day fieldwork and half day working day at the hotel, consolidating data and preparing tools and materials for the final stage of the fieldwork including participatory activities and public events with the community.

• Day 10 – Fieldwork – Final participatory design and planning event in Bungamati, consolidating the final proposals.

• Day 11 – Exhibition and forum, presenting the final proposals to the community, the municipality and the different stakeholders. Please note this programme will be updated with logistical and context-specific details in the coming month. Once the group of participants is selected, we always provide them with a full programme and a “participant’s pack” with all the logistical information, readings and documents about the context to prepare them for the work. Also note that the full programme is subject to changes, due to local circumstances like weather, strikes and the like.

2. What will be the final product of the workshop?

We will produce three strategies focused on three neighbourhood clusters. These strategies will integrate design, planning and building aspects for both housing and public space. The three partners (ASF-UK, ASF Nepal, UN-Habitat) will work together post-workshop to consolidate and implement the projects, with the help of the three volunteers. We will not build during the workshop. The building of the houses is an owner-driven process that we hope to support after the workshop. The building of public spaces is currently financed by the government and will hopefully be used to implement these three strategies.

3. How many participants is the workshop for?

The workshop is for 25 international participants, plus 15 local engineers and architects. There will be 6 facilitators from ASF-UK, ASF-Nepal and UN Habitat.

4. Where will we stay during the workshop?

All international participants will be staying in the historic heart of Patan, the southern part of the river in Kathmandu. We will be staying in hotel Newa Chen, in shared rooms (doubles, triple or four bedroom). The hotel is a traditional Newar building beautifully restored and converted into accommodation. We will have the whole building for ourselves and many of the group-work activities will be done from there. For more information, visit the hotel website: http://www.newachen.com/

Patan is a 15 minute drive away from Bungamati.

5. When will I hear if I have been selected for participating in the workshop?

We aim to notify applicants about the selection for workshop and voluntary positions as soon as possible on the week commencing 4 July.

6. Is ASF-UK working with other NGO’s in Nepal at present?

At present, ASF-UK is only actively working on the Bungamati project, where our partners are ASF-Nepal and UN Habitat.

7. Do I have to have completed Challenging Practice Stage A (former Stages 1 & 2) for the workshop to be my Stage B for the Challenging Practice course?

It is not a requirement to complete CP stage A before the workshop, however if it is your intention to make RbD Nepal 2016 count towards stage B accreditation, you should have completed stage A before attending this workshop.

8. Is it possible to pay the workshop fees in installments?

Yes, it is possible to pay the workshop in installments. However, the full amount should be paid before the end of August.

 

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

9. What is the application procedure for the volunteer positions after the workshop?

Please note, it is a prerequisite to attend the 2-weeks workshop to apply for the volunteer position, as it is crucial to become acquainted with the local context, the partners and the methodology before you can embark on the job. If you are interested in applying, please state it on your workshop application form and we will send you details on how to apply.

10. What is the selection process for the volunteer positions after the workshop?

It is a prerequisite to attend the 2-weeks workshop to apply for the volunteer position, as it is crucial to become acquainted with the local context, the partners and the methodology before you can embark on the job. Selection will be merit and motivation based. We are looking for professionals with at least 3 years previous experience on one of the issues being dealt with -including  heritage, community engagement, conservation of the built environment or participative urban planning-, able to work actively and independently when necessary. There will be a preselection done on the basis of CV and motivation statements, followed by short interviews (interview may be via skype).

11. What is the duration of the volunteer positions?

The three volunteer positions will last for approximately 3 months, from the 26 September until Christmas 2016.

12. What compensations are offered for the volunteer positions after the workshop?

The position after the workshop is for a volunteer, so there is no remuneration. However, accommodation and meals will be provided.

13. When will I hear if I have been selected for the volunteer position?

We aim to notify applicants about the selection for workshop and voluntary positions as soon as possible on the week commencing 4 July.

14. Are any fees paid towards the volunteer positions?

There are no fees charged for the 3-month volunteer positions. You only pay a fee towards the 2- weeks workshop. Accommodation and meals will be provided for the length of the volunteer  positions.

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