Nodi Boithok in progress at Jakigonj, Bangladesh. Photo: Nuzhat Nueary, TROSA

Call for Applications: Regional Youth Dialogue (RYD) on Water, Climate and Human Rights by Youth Basin Ambassadors

To participate, please click the link and register: https://bit.ly/3ckB8Ow

 

Background:

Women and youth are crucial stakeholders in the fight against persisting inequalities in many forms and are responsible for the intergenerational transmission of poverty (IUCN, 2017; Oxfam, 2016). One such sector is transboundary water management and governance (Earle & Bazilli, 2013). Poverty, wide-scale illiteracy and lack of women’s representation and influence in dialogues and decision-making processes in water management and water infrastructure impacts the rights of riparian communities in the GBM region in South Asia.

The
Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA), a regional transboundary water governance program supported by the Government of Sweden, has been working since 2017 (five-year program) to address the challenges concerning transboundary rivers and helping the river-dependent communities, in particular women and youth, to overcome poverty in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna and the Salween river basins (https://asia.oxfam.org/what-we-do/water-governance-transboundary-rivers-south-asia). TROSA recognises the positive cascading effect that women and youth representations can bring in transboundary water resource management via meaningful engagement with the government, schemes and policies.

Through gender-inclusive approaches, TROSA contributes to building an enabling environment for women and youth to participate as critical stakeholders for breaking gender barriers that persist in water governance-related issues at the transboundary basin level. A human rights-based lens is applied to ensure that vulnerable communities participate in decision-making processes and have increased access to river resources.

Towards this end, interventions like Nodi Baithaks ‘river meetings’, a basin level community advocacy platform in Bangladesh with youth water volunteers as facilitators (
https://cng-cdn.oxfam.org/asia.oxfam.org/s3fs-public/file_attachments/Oxfam-TROSA-Learning-Brief-River-Meeting.pdf, Women Empowerment Centres (WECs) in Nepal (https://cng-cdn.oxfam.org/nepal.oxfam.org/s3fs-public/file_attachments/WEC-Brochure.pdf), and Youth Learning Facilitators (YLF) program in Myanmar are yielding positive outcomes. 

The Regional Youth Dialogues (RYDs) by Youth Basin Ambassadors (YBAs) is an attempt to strengthen these efforts in the GBM region. RYD’s main aim is to build capacities of the next generation water leaders and prepare them to be part of tangible solutions to not only overcome poverty but also engage in decision making spaces for increased access to resources.

The Plan

In 2020, TROSA in collaboration with the South Asian University (SAU) and the UNESCO Chair of International Cooperation, Uppsala University conducted a three-month-long e-winter school covering selected youths from South Asia. The YBA is a continuation of the drive to promote youth collaborations on basin-wise water governance schemes to promote and strengthen leadership skills on partnership and develop of a set of action agendas based on feminist practices, enhancing communication and networking skills under expert guidance and mentorship.

The selection of Youth Basin Ambassadors (
YBA) from the GBM region followed by conveyance of GBM Regional Youth Dialogue (RYD) on Water, Climate and Human Rights will be conducted in collaborations with potential partners, such as Asia Water and Climate Partnership (AWCP) and Water Youth Network, in this field of work. 


Selection of GBM Youth Basin Ambassadors (YBA) for RYDs

Expected Applicants for YBAs:

  • 10 to 15  YBAs from all the three transboundary basins, with equal representation from basin countries, will be selected. Eligible women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and take advantage of this unique opportunity
    • Age: below35 years
    • Language: conversant in English
    • Education: must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline
    • Experience: at least 2 years progressive experience of working in natural resources governance including water and climate change, environment protection, gender and youth empowerment, and allied subjects
    • Key Competencies: analytical thinking, active listening, time management, active learning
  • The participants are expected to commit 4~6 hours per week to act in their role between April- September 2021.
  • Expected to actively engage in assigned group works, self-learning conducts primary/secondary research, community activities and able to develop a roadmap for good governance in the selected topic (to be discussed & agreed during orientation)
  • Attend the opening orientation and closing sessions (at the beginning and at the end of the program), and interim online sessions.

    Call for Application: Important Dates
  • Applicant should be conversant in the English language as the program would be in English.
  • Application submission for Youth Basin Ambassador in online mode only (13th-24th Mar 21).
  • YBA application pack should consist (2 pager resume & Purpose Statement) Incomplete applications are not considered.
  • Upon shortlisted for interview, the applicant will submit 1 recommendation letter from a past education institution or present workplace
  • Announcement & notification of Youth Basin Ambassador selection: 1st April 2021
  •  2 rounds of Regional Youth Dialogues designed and delivered by Youth Basin Ambassadors, with support from TROSA and partners  (1 each in April & Aug 2021)
  • Certificates of Participation to YBAs issued: Sep/Oct 2021

Regional Youth Dialogue (RYD) on Water, Climate and Human Rights by Youth Basin Ambassadors (YBA)


Objectives of the RYD initiative:
to identify and promote young voices for transboundary water cooperation and
in cross-cutting issues of water, climate and human rights in the GBM basins and promote their leadership in dialogues and decision-making on these issues through (1) provisioning a regional platform/space to present their aspirations and experiences (2) identifying one or two interesting domains/areas of interest they would like to work on during and post RYD (3) capacity building inputs and mentoring support to further build the required skills (4) Formulating roadmaps for good governance in transboundary water management, climate change and human rights at the respective basins.

 

Themes:
RYDs will cover largely the following themes: Gender-inclusive approaches in cross-cutting issues of water and climate, Youth leadership in water governance, Human rights perspectives in transboundary river basins.

 

Duration for RYDs: 6 months during April-September 2021 (tentatively)

  1. 3rd & 4th week March 21: Selection of GBM Youth Basin Ambassadors (YBA): call for application, scrutiny and evaluation of applications, announcement, results communication to selected cohort.
  2. April – May 2021: 1st round RYD by YBAs after the orientation session
  3. June – July 2021: Self-learning, primary / secondary research, development of future roadmap for good governance in water, climate and human rights by individual/team of YBAs, expert consultation sessions (to be discussed & agreed during orientation)
  4. Aug-Sep 2021: 2nd round RYD by YBAs. Meeting the Trainer/ Expert, disseminate the future roadmap paper/document, feedback, revision. Network of trained YBAs and post-RYD follow up action plan

 

References

Earle, A. & Bazilli, S. 2013. A gendered critique of transboundary water management. 103 Feminist Review 1: 99-119

IUCN. 2017. Women as change-makers in the governance of shared waters. https://www.womenforwater.org/uploads/7/7/5/1/77516286/iucn_women_changemakers_final_web.pdf

Oxfam, 2016. Youth and Inequality: Time to support youth as agents of their own future. Available at https://www-cdn.oxfam.org/s3fs-public/file_attachments/bp-youth-inequality-global-120816-en_0.pdf