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API Collaborative Grant is a new grant scheme launched in January 2013. It aims to support the efforts of Fellows in consolidating community building, serving the public good and generating social transformation in Asia, in response to the region’s key challenges especially in poverty, climate change and disintegrating communities. The grant supports collaborative projects with regional implications and transformative potentials including clear articulations of possibilities for social change.


Granted Project # 1

Project title: Puppet Theatre "Potehi" in Southeast Asia: Moving People, Adaptation, Conflict and Creativity

Abstract: This project will focus on how the Potehi, a kind of puppet theater seen in several countries in Southeast Asia, has been localized in the different countries in response to socio-political conditions. The form of the performance, the iconography of puppets and stages, the languages and scripts, the performers and social aspects will be analyzed from the point of view of ethnomusicology, anthropology, theatrical study, etc. Through the analysis, we will argue how migrants and the local community have made an effort to live in unity. Although there was a difficult time in the past, Potehi, nowadays, has become an icon of the migrant people and depicts the unity of the migrants and local society in some areas. In addition, how the performing arts can dissolve social conflict and problems in the area, and what the role of the performing arts is in society where people live in unity will be discussed.

Grantee: Kaori Fushiki (Japan Fellow Year 2006-2007)

Collaborators: Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia Fellow Year 2008-2009), Michi Tomioka (Japan Fellow Year 2006-2007), Herry Yogaswara (Indonesia Fellow Year 2001-2002), Ardian Purwoseputro (non-fellow), Robin Ruzendaal (Non-API Fellow) and Caroline Chia (Non-Fellow)

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Granted Project # 2

Project title: Risks and Challenges of Urbanization: Focusing on the Solid Waste Management Issues

Abstract: This project investigates the co-existence of "formal" and "informal" activities relating to municipal waste management and recycling, and seeks ideal arrangements for the harmonization or cooperation of the "formal" and "informal".  Fieldwork will take place in each of the countries represented by the team (the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia), and a comparative study will be conducted.

Grantee: Kohei Watanabe (Japan Fellow Year 2009-2010)

Collaborators: Cristina P. Lim (Philippines Fellow Year 2008-2009), Siti Khadijah binti Abdul Gani (Malaysia Fellow Year 2005-2006) , Prijono Tjiptoherijanto (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008), Iderlina B. Mateo-Babiano (Philippines Fellow Year 2006-2007), Tetsuya Araki (Japan Fellow Year 2002-2003), Adelia R. Licos (Non-API Fellow) and Tomoko Okayama (Non-API Fellow)

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Granted Project # 3

Project title: Asian Small Farmers' Resilience in Times of Trade Liberalization: A Comparative Study of Rice Trade and Organic Farming in Indonesia, Japan and Thailand

Abstract: The project studies how trade liberalization in agriculture, especially rice, has shaped domestic agriculture policies and affected small farmers in Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand. It also investigates the challenges that may be anticipated in the future. It aims to shed light on the history and current development of the organic farming movement in the three countries, in the quest for Asian models of “food sovereignty” in practice. The research team attempts to learn from the history of trade and the experiences of farmers, to draw empirical evidences on what components of organic farming should be enhanced and may be scaled up to local and regional agricultural policies.

Grantee: Michiko Sugawara (Japan Fellow Year 2009-2010)

Collaborators: Ekoningtyas Margu Wardani (Indonesia Fellow Year 2008-2009), Dwi Any Marsiyanti (Indonesia Fellow Year 2009-2010), Supa Yaimuang (Thailand Fellow Year 2006-2007) and Kengo Yoda (Non-API Fellow)

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Granted Project # 4
Project title: Migration and Migrants Policy for the Coming ASEAN Economic Community plus Three: Bridging Policy and Implementation

Abstract: In 2007, all ASEAN leaders affirmed their strong commitment to accelerate the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015. The ASEAN Community realization procedure comprises three pillars that work together: the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. Accordingly, an agreement was drawn to speed up the establishment of the AEC to 2015, and to transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investments, skilled labor, and the a freer flow of capital. One result of this agenda will be the increase of migration within the region and problems concerning the phenomenon The aims of this project are therefore to develop a conceptual framework for and the organization of an international workshop focusing on migration and a migrants policy for the coming AEC plus Three. On this occasion knowledge on the situation of migration and migrants, and of the policy concerned in the different countries of the region will be exchanged and discussed, to draw up some recommendations for policy makers in the region.

Grantee: Pataya Ruenkaew (Thailand Fellow Year 2001-2002)

Collaborators: Nguyen Van Chinh (Vietnam Fellow Year 2010-2011), Pande Ketut Trimayuni (Indonesia Fellow Year 2001-2002), Darunee Tantiwiramanond (Thailand Fellow Year 2002-2003) and Suthasini Kaewleklai (Non-API Fellow)

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Granted Project # 5

Project title: No More Guns: Documenting Local Conflict Resolution Initiatives in Selected Asian Communities

Abstract: The project examines the nature and dynamics of local conflict resolution initiatives in four settings: (1) mixed local government and religious councils and “zones for peace” set up in Maguindanao and North Cotabato (Philippines) communities to address insurgent conflict (army-Moro Islamic Liberation Front), rido (clan wars), and lawlessness (kidnapping and cattle rustling); (2) initiatives by women’s group to open spaces for dialogue with government agents for more culturally-sensitive security practices and demand justice for the victims of the insurgency in Pattani province (Thailand); and (3)  the use of adat law (customary law) as a mechanism for easing tensions between the majority ethnic Melayu and Dayaks versus the minority Maduras in Sambas, Western Kalimantan (Indonesia). The project seeks to describe available national-local government frameworks for resolving localized violent conflicts and their connections to a broader government-initiated peace process or external-donor programs. The various case studies will be compared and analyzed in terms of their intersection with national political contestations.
Grantee: Rosalie Arcala Hall (Philippines Fellow Year 2004-2005)
Collaborators: Rufa Cagoco-Guiam (Philippines Fellow Year 2008-2009), Prangtip Daorueng (Thailand Fellow Year 2001-2002) and Rina Shahriyani Shahrullah (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008)

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Granted Project # 6

Project title: From Stories to Policies: Enriching Discussions over Key Development Issues through Local Verbal Repertoires in Three Mekong Countries

Abstract: In this research project, we view the verbal repertoires of local community members, among them folktales, proverbs, and narrative accounts, as shared intellectual resources where the community’s analysis over various development issues, especially from value, ethnical, and aesthetic perspectives, is deposited and expressed in ordinary and effective language. Such verbal performances, named in the project as “local verbal repertories” or LVRs, can be developed into powerful tools to promote understanding and discussion over such critical concepts as “sustainable natural resources management”, “inclusive development/benefit-sharing”, and “gender requity”. They can also be utilized to complement and enrich these and other concepts, which are mostly of Western origin and are often presented in “abstract, analytical, objective, and scientific” English writing. More specifically, we will analyze LVRs collected through fieldwork in five locations in three countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand, to produce an annotated database and written report.

Grantee: Toshiyuki Doi (Japan Fellow Year 2011-2012)

Collaborators: Bampen Chaiyarak (Thailand Fellow Year 2009-2010) , Syvongsay Changpitikoun (Laos Fellow Year 2011-2012), Leakhana Kol (Cambodia Fellow Year 2012-2013), Tomohiro O (Non-API Fellow) and Satomi Higashi (Non-API Fellow)

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>>API Collaborative Grants 2013 (Second Round)

Deadline of the application - October 10, 2013

Should you have any further inquires, please address those to the CI to the e-mail address <api.grants@gmail.com>


Granted Project # 1

Project title: Policy Brokering of Community Knowledge for Sustainability Transition in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand

In the last decade, a new research and policy community began to emerge around the notion of sustainability transition. However, this line of inquiry is invariably skewed since it has relied heavily on abstracting from Western culture, thinking, and experience. This collaborative research aims to explore the meaning and possibilities of sustainability transitions from the social, political, and economic perspectives of Asia, in particular. It is important as Asia’s development causes had shown signs of being unsustainable, as evinced, for example by the widespread conversion of forested lands, agricultural intensification, and rapid biodiversity loss.
Each cause involved complex and changing environmental dynamics that impact on human livelihoods and well-being. Empirical evidence from API’s Regional Projects from 2008-2012 show, however, that Asian civil society, local communities, and governments are now appropriating sustainability transitions in many different contexts, over a period of great change. We are interested in analyzing and communicating such phenomena to the broader scientific and policy community.

Grantee: Hezri Adnan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006-2007)

Collaborators: Dicky Sofjan (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007 – 2008), Myfel Joseph D. Paluga (Philippines Fellow 2006 – 2007), Ayame Suzuki (Japan Fellow Year 2006 – 2007), Wimonrart Issarathumnoon (Thailand Fellow Year 2003 – 2004 )

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Granted Project # 2

Project title: Impact of Urban Migration for Major Cities in Indonesia: Studies and Creative Practices for Massive Influx of Workers in City and Its Implications for Existing Urban Community

The primary aims of this project are to study the condition of urban migration and its impact, and to develop a possible methodology to connect two different kinds of people (urban immigrants and the local community) in an urban settlement (Kampung) in Surabaya. Meaningful and valuable suggestions for the re-formation of the present condition of the community will be developed through cooperative works with collaborators and local residents from different backgrounds. These will then be widely proposed in public toward the establishment of better living conditions in an Asian city. Additionally, not only for the sake of the urban study and the development of a proposal, but also for documentation and publication purposes, we will apply creative techniques in order to inform the public of our activities and yield results for diverse stakeholders of the cities internationally.

Grantee: Kenta Kishi (Japan Fellow Year 2010 - 2011)

Collaborators: Moch. Ichsan Harja Nugraha (Indonesia Fellow Year 2010-2011), Junko Sato (Japan Fellow 2005 - 2006), Mohammad Cahyo Novianto (Architect / Surabaya), Bintang Putra (Industrial Designer and Artist / Surabaya) and Daiki Nakagawa (Architect / Tokyo)

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Granted Project # 3

Project title: Hearing Historical Voices: Oral Histories of Political Violence in Southeast Asia, Connecting Past Violence, the Present Situation, and Future Justice

The violence of the past as a collective memory is a communication process; it is one of the key elements of socio-political activities. The participatory action research project “Hearing Historical Voices: Oral Histories of Political Violence in Southeast Asia, Connecting Past Violence, the Present Situation and Future Justice” aims to present the oral histories of victims’ families and others involved in political violence in Thailand and Indonesia, from a comparative perspective. The project will focus on the Southeast Asian region and on particular case studies involving the 6 October 1976 student massacre in Thailand and the Muslim killings during the Suharto regimein 1989, better known as the Talang Sari tragedy. It is expected that the main findings would raise the capacity of society to confront its traumatic experiences of past violence directly and openly, since moving forward into the future involves not forgetting or distorting the past, but actually remembering, questioning, and seeking justice.

Grantee: Patporn Phoothong (Thailand Fellow Year 2011-2012)

Collaborators: Narumol Thammapruksa (Thailand Fellow Year 2008  2009), Wayhudi (Indonesia Fellow Year 2011 – 2012) and Ekraj Sabur (Peace Activist)

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Granted Project # 4

Project title: Comparative Analysis of Military-NGO Cooperation Policies in Asia

The significance of military-NGO cooperation is now being highlighted in today's Asia, particularly in Japan and Southeast Asia. For Japan, the 2011 earthquake relief efforts were the biggest event for evaluating the dynamic cooperation between the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and local NGOs in Japan. In its peacekeeping missions abroad, the JSDF has attempted collaboration with local and international NGOs. In Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, its enhanced cooperation with the local NGOs is becoming one of the crucial defense policy components for effective disaster relief and post-conflict peacebuilding activities.
Despite its increasing importance on the policy and theoretical levels, cooperation between these two sectors has not been so vigorous on an operational level. In the Philippines, for instance, while the recent Filipino defense policies emphasized enhanced cooperation between the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP) and civil society (particularly NGOs), the AFP has shown a number of confused and mismanaged cases that involved working with NGOs on the operational level. Such policy-operation mismatches pertaining to military-NGO cooperation are present not only during domestic FAP ground force deployments, but also during external deployments like in peacekeeping operations abroad.
This research seeks to contribute some new explanations on why military-NGO cooperation often fails. While a relatively large number of studies on this topic exist, and while they typically examine matters from the NGO’s perspective, our study sheds light from the perspective of the military. It will analyze various factors that shape the military’s policies and perceptions toward cooperation with NGOs during their civilian aid and peacekeeping operations (both in their home countries and abroad). The study is limited to the dispatch of the military by selected Asian countries (Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines)

Grantee: Saya Kiba (Japan Fellow 2009-2010)

Collaborators: Rosalie Hall (Philippines Fellow Year 2004 – 2005) , Erna Anjarwati (Indonesia Fellow Year 2009 - 2010), Atsushi Yasutomi (Research Institute for Peace and Security), Christopher Magno (Gannon University), and Philip Parnell (Indiana University)

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Granted Project # 5

Project title: Participatory Governance in Developing Social Safeguards in REDD + Implementation in Central Kalimantan

The Indonesian government has set a reduction target in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 26% to 41% below 1990 levels, by 2020. Recognizing that as much as 85% of the total GHG emissions in Indonesia resulted from the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector, Indonesia’s approach to climate change and land use emissions is becoming increasingly relevant on the global stage. The research is going to investigate how stakeholders (government apparatus from the central to the district levels, NGOs, local communities, civil society, etc) perceive REDD+ (Reduced Emission from Degradation and Deforestation +) by looking at their interpretation of it. Then, it will investigate how their different interpretations will affect their cooperative efforts to foster participatory governance, among and between them, with the end in view by developing social safeguards and improving REDD+ implementation. The research will be conducted in Central Kalimantan province, which has already been designated as one of the pilot provinces for REDD+ (Reduced Emission from Degradation and Deforestation plus enhancing carbon stocks by forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management) activities by task force letter No B-41/REDD/12/2010 dated 28 December 2010.

Grantee: Yuli Nugroho (Indonesia Fellow Year 2005-2006)

Collaborators: Wataru Fujita (Japan Fellow Year 2003 - 2004) and Lukas P. Rumboko (PUSPIJAK, Ministry of Forestry/Indonesia)

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