The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) is a globally connected centre that does quality research on urbanisation challenges and capacity development for informal settlement dwellers and their associated organizations and stakeholders. It is a partnership between the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of University College London (UCL) and the Institute of Geography and Development Studies (IGDS) of Njala University (NU).
In collaboration with Njala University and University College London, SLURC is pleased to announce its Innovative Research Methods training workshop which will take place from 28th August – 2nd September 2017. The theme of the training is “Participatory Planning and Design” and the facilitators are the DPU, SLURC and Architecture Sans Frontieres of the UK.
This 6 days workshop aims to expose government officials, built environment practitioners, NGOs workers and community representatives to the basic principles and methods of participatory planning and design. This will be a hands-on training, with sessions at SLURC office as well as a series of site visits, where meeting with community groups will be conducted.
The workshop hopes to support SLURC’s action research initiative focused on the development of neighbourhood plans of informal settlements in Freetown.
More specifically, the workshop aims to discuss mechanisms to develop neighbourhood plans through a participatory process, actively and ethically involving local residents and community groups in this process while also drawing on the expertise of built environment professionals and policy makers.
The workshop will draw on the Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK Change by Design methodology that focuses on informal settlement upgrading, drawing on experiences from Brazil, Kenya and Ecuador.
It will aim to achieve the following learning objectives:
Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to critically engage with participatory planning and design processes, unpacking issues of power relations, social diversity, scale and space.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will be able to develop a participatory planning and design process, drawing on key principles of critical participatory practices;
Learning Objective 3: Participants will be able to assess and develop relevant methods for participatory planning and design practices, based on reflections on the ethics of community engagement;
This training is free of charge but full attendance is required. Therefore, applicants should ensure that the heads of organisations or their authorized representative complete the section on confirmation of availability to attend the full course. You can download application form here
The training will be held at the offices of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre whose address is provided below. For more information, please contact Dr. Ibrahim Bun Kamara as indicated below. To participate, please fill the application form and return it to the following address before close of business on 4th August, 2017 – Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, second floor, 63 Upper Brook Street, Freetown, for the attention of Dr. Ibrahim Bun Kamara. Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com ; Selected candidates will be responded to by 18th August, 2017. For more information please call +232 22 220986 / 076 471469.
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