CDIA welcomes 2014 YAPs

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Last week in Manila, CDIA welcomed its two Young Asian Professionals (YAPs) for the 2014 Young Asian Professionals Program (YAPP).

Joining CDIA are Dilan Kumara (left in photo), Project Coordinator at SEVANATHA Urban Resource Center, a Sri Lankan NGO committed to revitalizing and enhancing the capacities and creativity of urban and rural poor in Sri Lanka; and Tsolmon Enkhbayar (right in photo), Project Coordinator at Urban Development Resource Center, an NGO whose main mandate is to improve living conditions in ger districts in Mongolia.

Dilan and Tsolmon are seconded to CDIA for six (6) months to work on Pre-Feasibility Studies for partner cities, interact with a range of CDIA’s stakeholders, and receive mentoring from CDIA’s international Core Management Team.

Dilan and Tsolmon will share with CDIA their skills and experience in town and country planning in urban and rural development, and project implementation and monitoring.

The YAPP offers unique opportunities for professionals from CDIA partner organizations to work as part of CDIA at the regional level, enabling them to broaden their project management and specific technical skills within the urban development field. This program also aims to develop capacities of individuals and organizations within Asia to take an increasingly greater role in the direction-setting and operation of CDIA’s work.

Upon return to their original employers, the YAPs are expected to be designated as focal points for cooperation between the host organization and CDIA to collaborate on areas aimed at mainstreaming CDIA mechanisms, knowledge sharing, capacity building, and event staging.

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