ASFN Strategic Response Fund

The proposed project must quickly react to evolving areas of strategic importance in the interrelated issues of food insecurity, poverty and climate change in the region. It should be timely and should support in-country initiatives that will enable the ASEAN Member State’s (AMS) Focal Point to quickly respond to emerging issues and challenges, and increase its ability to articulate policy recommendations and directions. The project, single- or multi-country, could be any of the following:
  • Quick “turn-around” studies – These are researches usually done to support decision-making through fast methods that generate answers to specific questions. Examples of these methods include focus group discussion and online surveys, among others.

    Quick “turn-around” research is usually employed when there is a need to make a decision, but some questions still have to be answered first, or there is a need to first clarify the questions that need to be answered, and there is no luxury of time to hold frequent big meetings.

    Examples:
    • Publication of relevant and current information on social forestry and climate change including documentation, material preparation
    • Review/assessment of Social Forestry/Community Forestry Programs as input to updating community forest management plans or developing/amending related policies
    • Profiling of social forestry practitioners from government and non-government agencies as a means of enhancing the country’s Social Forestry/Community Programs
  • Exploratory reviewsThese are researches conducted for an issue or topic that is new or for an emerging problem and thus, has not been clearly defined yet. Exploratory research is often used to formulate formal hypotheses for more definitive investigation/study.

    Example:
    • Conduct of feasibility studies on upscaling or replicating robust social forestry strategies and practices
  • Meta-analysis/Analytical studies and think pieces - These are studies where the researcher examines the results of several previous studies in the hope of identifying patterns among study results or other interesting relationships that may come to light in the context of multiple studies. It involves an integrative review of qualitative studies on a specific topic. (Greenland and O' Rourke, 2008)

    Examples:
    • Review of documented best practices on Social Forestry and Climate Change in their country, development and dissemination of materials to their country and other ASEAN Member States
    • Defining market-based instruments for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) plus
  • Study tours -These are travel experiences with specific learning objectives that allow participants to gain knowledge, skills or practices from direct observation or participation to events of a particular area of study.

    Examples:
    • Conduct of learning visit to Social Forestry/Community Forestry sites that is anchored on the specific need of the institution
    • Participation of ASFN leaders and focal points in strategic knowledge management activities on social forestry/climate change issues
  • Dialogues/Roundtable discussions -These are short events, usually lasting between one and two days which bring together experts, practitioners and decision-makers to examine and explore a development concern in a collaborative setting. Attendees are invited to participate in group discussion and come up with policy recommendations and strategies for action in the thematic area under examination. Additionally, these policy roundtable discussions identify options or inputs that could be pursued to address the issues and concerns in aid of policy formulation.

    Examples:
    • Conduct of regular or special dialogues or forums to update policy-makers and practitioners on the latest news and developments on community forestry and climate change
    • Stakeholders dialogue on Climate Change related policies and implementation mechanisms
    • Preparation of position or background papers as inputs to policy debates and decision-making
PROJECT DURATION & MODES OF SUPPORT
The project should be completed in a period not exceeding six months[1] and within a maximum budget of US Dollars Fifteen Thousand (US$15,000) for single country projects or around US Dollars Thirty Thousand (US$30,000) for multi-country projects.
Participation in relevant training programs may also be supported through a Scholarship Training Grants for a maximum amount of US Dollars Two Thousand (US$2,000).

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