International conference on Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

http://www.icimod.org/?q=11269

 

International conference on

Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Forging regional partnerships to enable
transformative change  

Kathmandu, Nepal

1–4 December 2013

Poverty eradication remains one of the greatest challenges facing the world today and is a prerequisite for sustainable development. However, despite global poverty eradication efforts, over 1 billion people – one in five people on this planet –  live in extreme poverty. One in seven is undernourished, of which a significant proportion are in Asia.

In the mountainous regions of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), the poverty rate is on average 5% higher than the rate for the countries as a whole. The determinants of poverty also differ considerably. In particular, parameters such as lower access to basic amenities, poor physical access, and higher dependency rates are more prominent in the mountains.

Mountain communities have a high degree of self-reliance and a rich tradition of practices to avert risks. However, increasing uncertainties, inadequate and insecure access to resources, technology and finance, a rapidly degrading natural resource base, and insufficient integration into value chains and markets severely compromise their capacities to effectively deal with change and take advantage of emerging opportunities to pull themselves out of poverty.

There is an urgent need to support the adaptation abilities of vulnerable mountain households, communities, and ecosystems and enhance their resilience focusing specifically on the challenges confronting mountain women and disadvantaged groups. Mountain specific policies and development interventions to address the needs of the people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are still inadequate, primarily because of insufficient knowledge.

The Conference aims to compile updated knowledge on the contours of poverty and enablers of a sustainable development approach for the HKH and thereby, provide inputs specific to the mountain context that can contribute to the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Conference also proposes to set the tone for forging and strengthening regional partnerships for sustainable mountain development.

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Marketplace for development agencies and projects

A marketplace will be organized during the Conference to provide a forum and opportunity to development agencies and projects to showcase their ongoing (or completed) programmes and projects implemented in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The mode of presentation in the marketplace will be through posters, displays, or audio-visuals. The programme/project has to address poverty and vulnerability reduction in the HKH and must have a focus on at least two or three sub-themes of the Conference.

The themes are:

  • ·        Quantitative Approaches for Effective Targeting of Poverty and Vulnerability
  • ·        Challenges in Inclusive Development (Gender, Indigenous Communities and Marginalized Groups)
  • ·        Migration and Remittances
  • ·        Climate Change Adaptation
  • ·        Mountain Goods and Services
  • ·        Inclusive Economic Development

Preference will be given to those programmes/projects that highlight community innovations and approaches and have been/or are under the process of scaling up. The programmes/projects should showcase inclusive development, in particular, gender inclusiveness and should be good practices of inclusive economic development. A maximum of 20 institutions/programmes/projects will be selected for exhibiting their material in the marketplace.

 

Development agencies/projects should submit a one page write-up highlighting the programme/project achievements, ensuring that indications of how the project/programme involves community innovations, gender inclusiveness, and inclusive economic development are adequately highlighted. Young professionals from the development agencies/projects closely involved in the implementation will be given preference for presentations at the Marketplace. It is expected that the participants in the Marketplace will cover their own costs to attend the Conference.

 

Please send your abstracts to [email protected] latest by 20 October 2013.

 

Selected development agencies and projects will be informed of their selection by 1 November. The Marketplace is only open to nationals/projects from countries in the HKH region.

 

Special poster session for young professionals

http://www.icimod.org/?q=11676

International conference on

Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Forging regional partnerships to enable 

transformative change
Kathmandu, Nepal

1–4 December 2013

 

Special poster session for young professionals


A special session devoted to showcasing cutting edge research and innovative development approaches will be organized during the last day of the Conference. The aim of this special session is to provide a forum to young professionals from the region to showcase research findings on the main sub-themes of the Conference.

 

The themes are:

  • Quantitative Approaches for Effective Targeting of Poverty and Vulnerability
  • Challenges in Inclusive Development (Gender, Indigenous Communities and Marginalized Groups)
  • Migration and Remittances
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Mountain Goods and Services
  • Inclusive Economic Development

 

Young professionals (up to 35 years old) are encouraged to submit a 300 word abstract highlighting their research findings in any of the themes listed above in addition to a visual outline of the poster. The research work should highlight issues/concerns, or document innovative approaches that address critical issues within the particular sub-theme, and thus contribute to the deliberation on the sub-themes during the Conference. A total of approximately 24 posters will be selected for presentation covering all the eight countries of theHindu Kush Himalayas. Selected poster presenters will be provided support to attend the Conference.

 

 

Please send your abstracts and visual outline of the poster to [email protected] latest by 20 October 2013

 

Selected young professionals will be informed of their selection by the end of 1 November. The poster session is only open to the young professionals from countries in the HKH region.

 

 

(The announcement has been published for wide dissemination to attract prospective  participants at the marketplace as requested by ICIMOD.The announcement has been taken from the link:http://www.icimod.org/?q=11269)