Forming an essential part of the project, member universities are invited to conduct landscape research to document, analyze, and assess various rural sustainability efforts that have taken place in respective countries/cities. Findings of the studies will contribute to a better understanding of the diverse pathways to rural sustainability in Asia-Pacific, and coalesce into an Asia-Pacific model of rural sustainability which can be used to inform policy innovations and action partnerships in the region and beyond.
The success of AIRI hinges on effective collaboration between members of the consortium, and also the members’ ability to form networks of local partners in respective countries/regions. Other than engaging in regional collaborations of knowledge generation, dissemination and application, each of these institutions will play the role of an intermediary. They will help implement the Fellowship Scheme and empowerment programme in their respective countries/regions through identifying potential candidates for the Fellowship Scheme, organizing activities and residencies, and providing knowledge and logistic supports. They will also reach out to form local networks of partnerships with key players and stakeholders to disseminate knowledge and foster actions in rural sustainability.
Recruit, connect, empower and recognize thought leaders and practitioners
Provide opportunities for Change Fellows to further develop their visions
Produce actionable proposals and create social impact
Consolidate a repository of diagnostic studies and sustainability solutions
Co-organise a 1-year sustainability incubation programme for the change fellows
Co-host a competition of sustainability innovation proposals
Participate/organise 2nd regional forum
A collection of Sustainability Proposals for action
Asia-Pacific database of case studies and sustainability solutions
A set of co-developed training modules and toolkits for strengthening rural-urban linkages